Seattle choreographer chosen for Paris fest
Catch a free show of Seattle choreographer Mark Haim’s “This Land Is Your Land,” before he takes to it to Paris, on Jan. 22, 2013.
Mark Haim’s ‘This Land is Your Land’
Seattle choreographer Mark Haim and 14 local dancers have been invited to take Haim’s zany “This Land Is Your Land” to Paris, where it will be the opening item — and only U.S. offering — in the three-month ArtDanThé Festival at the Théâtre de Vanves.
Before they go, Haim and his dancers are throwing a free bon-voyage performance of “Land” at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s studios. For those who haven’t seen it, it consists entirely of catwalk struts that soon become complicated by nutty stage business involving props, costumes, lack of costumes and subtle alterations of gait that owe a thing or two to Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. Beneath its witty antics, it’s a meticulous exploration of incremental changes over a steady pulse of time. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Phelps Center, 301 Mercer St., Seattle; free (email Hendri Walujo at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat).
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer