The biennial Men In Dance (MID) 10th Anniversary Festival brings many out-of-town guests to the popular Seattle event celebrating men in motion. The festival began in 1994 when Richard Jessup, a Seattle dancer/choreographer, decided to create an evening of dance performed and choreographed entirely by men. Since then, the festival has broadened to include women choreographers but has kept to featuring male dancers, noting that many new works and classics tend to be created for predominately female casts.
Starting Sept. 26, two different programs for the 2014 festival will feature notable male dancers and choreographers of both sexes.
Among this year’s special guests, choreographer Mark Morris, a native of Seattle, sends company member Aaron Loux, who also grew up and trained here, to perform a solo work that Morris originally choreographed for himself. Other guests include dance innovator Bill Evans and Cirque De Soleil veteran gymnast Darren Bersuk.
On their opening night, MID will honor Anne Green Gilbert, Director and Founder of Creative Dance Center, with the Ted Shawn Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award. In announcing the award, the festival organizers noted that for the last 30 years Green Gilbert has helped young men find their voice in movement and dance.
Other choreographers selected for this year’s MID include Rhonda Cinotto & Paula Peters, Contemporary Jazz Dance Project Seattle; Mike Esperanza, Bare Dance Company; Rainbow Fletcher, Can Can Castaways; Tim Lynch, Kaleidoscope Dance Company; Wade Madsen, Freelance Choreographer; Lindsey Matheis, Northwest Dance Project; Ted Shawn, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow; Gérard Théorêt; Bill Wade, Inlet Dance Theatre; Robert Dekkers, Post Ballet Company; Bryon Heinrich, Man Dance Company; Amy Johnson; Marlo Martin, badmarmarDANCE; and Deborah Wolf, Cornish College of the Arts.
Program 1 will take place Sept. 26 to 28. Program 2 will take place Oct. 3 through Oct. 4. The festival will hold two workshops. “Just Boys” with Bill Wade on Sept. 28 is recommended for young dancer ages 12 to 18 years. The “Bill Evans Seattle Dance Teacher Intensive” takes place Oct. 5. Further information on all events is available at the MID website.
MID performances will be held at Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central Community College Campus. Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door pending availability. Cash and check sales recommended at the door. For Saturday matinees, the first 50 tickets sold at the box office will be “Pay What You Can.”