Stephanie Liapis Dance Projects, Castor & Pollux: A Movement Score

by Stephanie Liapis


Stephanie Liapis Dance Projects and Charles Corey of the Harry Partch Institute at the University of Washington, team up for a unique evening of music and dance at Meany Studio Theater in Seattle, WA on June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm. Over the past few months we have been working together to present a new dance work, Castor and Pollux: A Movement Score, to be performed live with Partch’s original score, Castor and Pollux.

While Castor and Pollux is explicitly a piece for dance, it has become one of Partch’s better-known compositions and often is performed as concert music.  Opportunities to perform this work live with dance are rare, as Partch’s music is written for unique, sculptural instruments he invented and built himself—Castor and Pollux in particular uses instruments he built between 1946 and 54.  With Partch’s instruments now in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music, we are able to present this work as Partch intended, something which has happened less than a dozen times since its premiere 64 years ago!


(photo credit Stephanie Berger)

 For this project I am lucky enough to be working with professional dancers from the Seattle dance community as well as graduate and undergraduate dance students from the UW.  I believe in compensating my dancers for their time and expertise. I rely on their creativity and curiosity in rehearsals and their feedback throughout the creative process. I literally could not make this work without these wonderful artists supporting me.

(photo credit:MARTIN JARMICK)

 I am raising $2500 to cover the cost of the collaboration and creative process of a work of this kind. I need your help to compensate the artists for their efforts. Your donation will go directly towards rehearsal fees, production costs and new costumes. Join us by supporting this exciting event! Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

**If we reach our stretch goal, the dancers will be compensated for a work-in-progress showing at On the Boards April 29th, and we will have access to higher quality digital video and image documentation of the performance.