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//TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY is excited to announce PYLON III, our most ambitious project to date! This work is produced by CORNISH PRESENTS and set to premiere on February 8th & 9th, 2018 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
PYLON III is the final work in a trilogy of evening-length performances choreographed by Coleman Pester of //TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY. The PYLON series has been in process since 2015. It is timely, examining complex systems of control using highly physical choreography, architectural set pieces, and a variety of analog and digital technologies altogether in a tense relationship.
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PYLON III features a diverse collaborative team representative of Seattle's rich art community, including dancers Cheryl Delostrinos (Au Collective), Erica Badgeley (The YC, Ate9), Cameo Lethem, and Sierra Hendrix, and narration by actor Stefan Richmond. The performance will also feature sound design by Monika Khot (Nordra, Zen Mother), set and visual media design by Alex Boeschenstein, wardrobe design by Connor Carrara, lighting design by Amiya Brown (Amy O'Neal, Zoe|Juniper), and tech design by Ben Chaykin.
PYLON III is set in a semi-utopian environment where oppressive societal systems have disintegrated, leaving only residues of their original forms. PYLON III differs from past iterations in its focus on “hope,” and how aspirations of equity and holistic healing can guide the way in constructing a better world built on the rubble of the previous one. At a juncture when our society is plagued by increasingly severe social, economic, and environmental crises, PYLON III is an exercise in healing as well as an unabashed call for an affirmative vision of the future when we desperately need one.
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Commissioned by Seattle Art Museum and premiered at the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, PYLON I mapped relevant themes throughout a two-hour immersive performance in February 2016, setting a blueprint for the series. PYLON II, commissioned by 9e2 Festival of Art and Technology, expanded those concepts with a multi-layered performance in October 2016 at King Street Station featuring dancers in climactic confrontation with various visual projections.
We need your help! We have been awarded the James Ray Residency through the Seattle International Dance Festival to support the creation of this work. We have also received design support from Photon Factory, in addition to fiscal support from local dance hero Timothy Tomlinson!
YOU CAN HELP! Your donations will cover the costs of studio rentals, dancer and artist fees, wardrobe, raw materials for set construction, transportation for set elements, crucial photo/video documentation, and equipment rentals needed for this project. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE THROUGH HATCHFUND’S NON-PROFIT STATUS.
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