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The Event

by Peggy Piacenza


My name is Peggy Piacenza and I’m a choreographer and performer based in Seattle, WA. I’m a life-long movement practitioner, a dance artist who uses the body to ask questions about the human experience. My artistic work focuses on a wide spectrum of experience and draws from my exploration in improvisation, performance-related studies and inter-disciplinary collaborations. 

I'm here to ask you for your support for my latest evening-length work, The Event, an independently produced show premiering at Base in Seattle, October 19-22, 2017.

“We’re born, we live, we die.”

It’s a cliché and a profound truth. But does it really cover everything? In Peggy Piacenza’s new evening-length dance piece, The Event, how we fill the space between birth and death is the jumping-off point for a look at what’s beyond those ultimate markers of existence: the subconscious, timeless spaces between death and rebirth that sometimes seem to hover over our lives.

Probing our experience of time and timelessness, The Event considers many elements of the human condition: humor, fantasy, mortality and sorrow all explored within a hybrid of dance, theater, text, and film. The Event is a collection of visual and thematic contrasts: meditation and pain, beauty and suffering, ethereality and showiness, stillness and motion all work in dynamic counterbalance. Within a surreal set swirling with pink cotton candy, athletic dancing makes an emphatically human stamp. Quoting Lars Von Trier’s film, Antichrist, anxiety disrupts reflection as a performer insists, “Can’t you hold me? I feel rotten!” Throughout, the piece casts light on the human struggle for meaning in absurdity and the urge of the soul to purge what weighs it down.

I’m seeking to raise funds to pay an all-star cast of amazing collaborative artists who are working to bring this show to its fullest potential:


Amelia Reeber     Photo: Jazzy Photo 

Kim Lusk       Photo: Jazzy Photo

Wade Madsen     Photo: Jazzy Photo

Ezra Dickinson     Photo: Jazzy Photo

Set Design: Julia Welch

Original Score: Paurl Walsh

Lighting Design: Amiya Brown

Costume Design: Dani Blackwell

Video: Leo Mayberry and Gaelen Hanson

I aim to raise a minimum of $6,500 to cover artist fees, venue rental fees, and administrative costs. I’m thrilled that The Event has already received support from Office of Arts & Culture, Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation, as well as a Base artist residency! 

I hope you will consider supporting all the artists involved, for what will be an exciting fall of deepening into the creative process as we prepare for the October premiere. 

Thank you for taking a moment to read about my project, and for your support. Hope to see you at the show!

Peggy Piacenza