Swimming the List: Public Rehearsals and Preview Performance

About the Program:

  Photo by Cliff Despeaux (2009) of showing dancer Ying Zhou performing with digital drawings by Keeara Rhoades

 Photo by Cliff Despeaux (2009) of showing dancer Ying Zhou performing with digital drawings by Keeara Rhoades

The Susie J Lee Ensemble prepares their innovative dance/music/digital technology performance for the Beijing International Fringe Festival. Stop by during a rehearsal or come to see the only Seattle public performance in conjunction with a discussion with the performers. As part of TPR’s next “big question,“How Are We Remembered?” this program will include conversation about legacy, and how professional artists envision and plan for what is often beyond their control. Featuring Beijing-based dancer Ying Zhou, Minneapolis-based composer Emily Greenleaf, and Seattle visual artists Keeara Rhoades and Susie J Lee.

About the Work:

In 2009 and 2011, Stranger Genius Award winner Susie J Lee fused dance, technology and live music to present an imaginatively intense and fantastical journey of creativity throughout a routine day. FOR THESE UNCLOSINGS and SWIMMING THE LIST were presented in sold-out runs at New City Theater and Theatre Off Jackson. SWIMMING THE LIST now heads to Beijing for the Beijing International Fringe Festival.

SWIMMING THE LIST merges cutting-edge technology with physical artistry, in which dancer, music, and drawn light move together as one twirling, breathing, and dynamic body. These elements come together in a work about dovetailing creative and everyday actions. The work features choreography by Beijing dance artist Ying Zhou and musical composition by Minneapolis composer Emily Greenleaf. The live digital imagery is drawn by emerging local artist, Keeara Rhoades. The technology is provided by Andy Wilson of Microsoft Research.

SWIMMING THE LIST explores legacy through the perspective of the many working artists who are not recognized by “history” but who endeavor, balancing creative and more mundane obligations through their entire career. How do these artists define how they are remembered?