Seattle, WA, May 12, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- This June 18th, 19th, and 20th, Katy Hagelin Dance Project presents fromPhantastes, an evening-length, contemporary ballet inspired by George MacDonald’s novel Phantastes: a Faerie Romance. Performed first in May of 2008 at Belhaven University as a smaller abbreviated version, the contemporary choreography draws from the storyline of George MacDonald’s 1858 novel. The magical story combined with the universal language of dance make this performance accessible to and understandable for all ages and audiences. Connecting to the artistic community, fromPhantastes includes nearly 20 dancers of various ages and skill levels, from professional to student. Katy Hagelin’s contemporary choreography will explore the timeless tale of discovering purpose and meaningful love through fantasy and adventure. As part of the educational experience, KHDP will offer an open dress rehearsal to families and young people on Thursday June 17th at 6:30. The show then opens at the Snohomish County PUD Auditorium on June 18th and runs through June 20th. Doors open at 7:30 with the performance to begin at 7:30.
Though only in its second season, Katy Hagelin Dance Project has covered a lot of ground. Lead by Katy Hagelin--Artistic Director and Founder, and a small board of directors, this nonprofit dance company aspires to produce original choreographic works that reach diverse audiences throughout the greater Seattle area. Last June KHDP’s Vision Community Outreach staged free performances at Echo Glen Youth Detention Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Bothell Life Care Center. KHDP gave both young and old the opportunity to experience the professional art of dance, and they continue to build community with artists and the artistically under-served through dance education and outreach. As a result of Hagelin’s passion for education and a growing partnership with Monroe Dance Studio, the company also offered a free youth dance workshop in January 2010. “It’s exciting,” Hagelin says, “to see the goals and hopes we had for this year actually happening, especially things like getting our tax-exempt status and producing Dar a La Luz Collaborative Concert at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.”
Katy Hagelin began here in the community her company now serves. Starting her studies with former American Ballet Theater company member Suziko Riewe at Turning Point Dance Studio, Hagelin’s path has traveled far and wide. Shaping her company’s vision for speaking hope through the language of dance, Hagelin has performed, choreographed, and taught workshops internationally. From Indonesia to Japan, she has toured the globe from her high school years up through July 2009. Hagelin’s artistic vision was shaped by her undergrad work at Belhaven University. The mingling of technique, concept, and artistry found in her choreography was heavily influenced by her talented professors such as Stephen Wynne, founder of Talk Dance Co and former principal of Tanzforum in Cologne, Germany. Referring to how this experience influenced her, Hagelin says, “I grew so much because I was able to explore and find what were my strengths and weaknesses. The program also expanded my interests into contemporary and modern dance as well classical ballet, and I became a much more educated and well-rounded dancer.” After graduating with a BFA in Dance and the 2005 Bezalel Award for Artistic Achievement, Hagelin returned to Seattle and formed plans for the future. As her company began to take shape, Hagelin jumped into the local dance community and mounted the first KHDP performance entitled Underneath Fresh as well as taking part in Danny Herter’s Velocity Dance Center’s Bridge Project 2009.
Katy Hagelin’s eclectic artistic background and her desire to educate and share, motivates Hagelin and drives the ongoing mission of the Katy Hagelin Dance Project. The company’s multi-faceted vision comes to life in the production of fromPhantastes. Join KHPD this June for an adventure in dance.
Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or through the Katy Hagelin Dance Project website www.katyhagelin.com.
Contact: Victoria McConnell
20221 179th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072