Performances & Events
Summer Works in Progress Show
June 22nd, 6:30 - 7:30pm
The Summer Works in Progress is part of the conclusion of the annual Yogadance Intensive. Every year the intensive participants perform and I show additional pieces that are on their way to prime time. It's a really fun, performer-friendly atmosphere.
This year with the advent of Mota Perpetua, I will have four distinct pieces in process to show:
- MP is starting to work on a piece with one of my all time favorite moves I call "Jessica Rabbit," set to the music of Galactic.
- Due to a wrist injury my advanced group will be performing without me for the first time, and I've re-named "Women in Kilts" to "Two Women and a Guy in Kilts." That guy has his hands full learning the piece in a short amount of time!
- The Tuesday morning ongoing yogadance class will perform a counter balance piece set to Air on the G Stringby Bach that has a very formal, almost ballet quality to it.
- Finally, the finale will be one or two pieces by the Yogadance Intensive Ensemble!
Highlights, Taj Birthday Party #12
The last Taj Birthday party was one of my favorites, and this video features highlights from four of the performances:
“Leap Frog Patty Cake” Based on playground motifs and two kids roughhousing.
“Classic Yoga Demonstration” Performed in silence, and a nice counter point to the music.
“Roll+y Poll+y” A community ensemble piece based on rolling and small court balls.
“Women in Kilts” Inspired by The Avengers and unintentionally, by 2nd hand Viking’s viewing.
See video here
Taj Motion Birthday Party #12
Saturday evening, March 3rd, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
At Taj Motion
Theresa will be presenting three works at this year’s birthday party:
"Leap Frog Patty Cake”
*”Women in Kilts”
Duet with Theresa Elliott and Michelle Befus
Community Yogadance Ensemble
Trio with Theresa Elliott, Michelle Befus and Lisa Elliott
For more information: http://tajyoga.com/index.php/workshops/?sw=6
Northwest Yoga Conference Opening Ceremony
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:00 - 7:15pm
Theresa is being honored as a Seattle Yoga Luminary and will be performing "Leap Frog Patty Cake" with Michelle Befus, in addition to conducting “The Yoga Line Dance,” original choreography for big groups of people who want to have fun.
For more information: http://nwyogaconference.com/schedule/full-schedule/
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.
See video here
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.
For more information, location and how to buy tickets: