Performances & Events

Highlights, 2017 Summer Works in Progress

Friday, July 14, 2017

This year's Summer Works in Progress was particularly fun for me as I had my yogadancers use balls in one of their pieces. But I'm also hitting a milestone as I pass one of my platform pieces onto a student for the first time (my "Leap Frog Patty Cake" partner, Michelle Befus). This video shows highlights of three of the four pieces performed.

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Summer Works in Progress

Friday evening, July 14, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Free, at Taj Motion 3

Join the yogadance ensemble as they perform new choreography from the 2017 Summer Yogadance Intensive! Will also include two platform pieces being restaged: "Ondine 3", featuring Michelle Befus as Ondine, and Therea Elliott in "Take 5."

Click here for information about the 2017 Summer Yogadance Intensive

Seattle Yoga News Holiday Party

Saturday evening, December 3

Photos by Sukha Design and Photography

Two fun shots of Michelle Befus and I performing "Leap Frog Patty Cake" at the SYN Holiday Party. The second photo shows the Bhujapidasana section of the piece. This arm balance is probably the easiest of it's kind, but I'm in it for almost a minute doing variations with my legs as Michelle hop scotches around me. Holding the pose isn't a challenge to the arms, but to the quads as the variations are kind of like the Cancan.

More about the Piece
“Leap Frog Patty Cake”
Choreography: Theresa Elliott. Dancers: Theresa Elliott and Michele Befus
The name of the piece is derived from the kid-inspired playground shenanigans I used to create the choreography, and the music of well known classical composer Bela Bartok is the sometimes predictable, mostly not, field I dropped it into.

The first movement of Bartok’s Piano Sonata has been on my bucket list for years, but I always assumed I would play it. Choreographing it, it’s amusing to consider the rhythmic difficultly it poses for the pianist (Bartok switches key signatures constantly) and know my task was no less daunting. To take this sometimes kinetic, often times highly cerebral piano work and create visual patterns that help the viewer see and feel the music has been quite challenging, and quite rewarding.

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