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Squatch Tanztheater's Alyssa Casey + Virtualso Co's Liz Houlton

 

Photo by Karina Richardson

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about us

We are Midwest natives working out of Seattle. And in an effort to understand ourselves a little bit better inside the land of adulthood, we have found solace in nostalgia. We've also found solace inside of our constant desires to be always moving, seeing, experiencing... We've entered into the land of security and we just don't feel safe inside who we are. This project is an attempt to understand ourselves and our landscapes a little better.

ALYSSA CASEY - of Squatch Tanztheater, is a dancer, choreographer, and costume designer currently working in Seattle, WA. Originally from Hudson, WI, she graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). At UWSP Alyssa received the Chancellor's Leadership Award, the Anne Gilfry Schierl Fine Arts Award in Dance, the Kathryn Bukolt Dance Scholarship, the Elizabeth Bukolt Family Dance Award, and an Honors Internship. Alyssa was also selected as a finalist for the Laird Exceptional Artist Award. Her Performance credits include Michael Estanich, Zoe Scofield, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Liz Houlton, Sabina Moe, Scott Wirtz-Olsen, Lauren Baker, and Joanie Mix. During the summer of 2014, Alyssa studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England. 

LIZ HOULTON - of Virtualso Co, is a Minneapolis native, Seattle-based choreographer and performer with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She has presented works through Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, the Seattle Fringe Festival, 3rd Shift's Battle for the Dance Belt, Capitol Hill's Art Walk with LoveCityLove, and Velocity Dance Center's Bridge Project and Fall Kick Off. Her work has been commissioned by Minnesota Dance Theatre for their Fall 2015 season. Liz has also co-produced a split bill with Elby Brosch and Alyza DelPan-Monley which premiered in May of 2017 as an independently produced Access Velocity with support from Scratch Deli and Velocity Dance Center. Inside her work Liz magnifies the effort inside each movement, forming a well-understood and eloquent language. She takes her work and herself seriously but wants to find the joy in the potential for this form of communication.

 
 
 
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Our PRoductions

 
 

Performances

March 16 at 8PM - Erickson Theatre Off Broadway

March 17 2PM / 8PM - Erickson Theatre Off Broadway

TICKETS

Movies

- On their way -

Site specific

- On their way - 

MASterclasseS

- On their way - 

Open rehearsals

Wednesday February 21 1-2:30PM - Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Fundraisers

Fractured Atlas Sponsored Project 

home home is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.

Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of home home are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

They have really nice hair
— Tess Keesling (about Squatch Tanztheater)
 
 
 

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home home supporters

 
 

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Anna krupp

Susan Wright

 

 

Hailey Burt

RUTH AND AHMAD ORANDI

 

 

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Our crew

 

Emma Lawes

 Photo by Stefano Altamura

Photo by Stefano Altamura

Emma is a dance artist based in Seattle, WA. She is rooted on the east coast - growing up and training in Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts, with additional training at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and intensive programs such as Movement Invention Project, Gaga Intensive Tel Aviv and Strictly Seattle. Over the past four years, she has performed works by William Forsythe, Sidra Bell, Jesse Zaritt, Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, Netta Yerushalmy, and Zoe Scofield. She currently dances with Liz Houlton, Alyssa Casey, and Babette DeLafayette Pendleton.

 

Maya Tacon

 Photo by Karina Richardson

Photo by Karina Richardson

Maya is a performing artist originally from New York, but has been dancing, hiking, and drinking too much coffee here in Seattle for a year and a half. Maya graduated with honors from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, where she performed works by Rosalind Newman, José Limón, Martha Graham, and Jesse Zaritt, in addition to studying abroad for a semester at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Maya was a member of BHdos, the official second company for Ballet Hispanico NYC, and has been in multiple dance film projects with international recognition by Marta Renzi, based in New York. Since moving to Seattle, Maya has performed works by Kate Wallich, Daniel Costa Dance, and Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, and is thrilled to perform with Squatch Tanztheater for “home home”. She will also be performing in New York with Corinne Shearer & Dancers later this year. In the meantime... catch me on Mt. Pilchuck doing some yoga. Thanks Mom, love you.

 

Ashley Jade Pietro

 Photo by Stefano Altamura

Photo by Stefano Altamura

Ashley is a New Jersey native, currently nesting in Seattle, WA. She is a practicing witch and takes her coffee with cream and honey. Her soul language is expressed through contemporary movement, floral and conceptual design, and poetry. Ashley Jade earned her BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2014. During her studies, she had the privilege of performing in works by José Limón, Tommy Neblett, Twyla Tharp, Robert Moses, Francesca Harper, among others. Upon graduating, Ashley Jade moved to Mazatlán, Mexico where she pursued a company residency with Delfos Danza Contemporanea, and performed an original work by company member, Xitlali Piña Poujol. In 2017, Ashley Jade had the honor of participating in Springboard Danse Montreal, where she performed in works by Peter Chu and La Tresse Collective. Ashley Jade’s choreographic works have been presented at The Boston Conservatory, the Mazatlán Professional School of Dance, Shooting Gallery Performance Series in Vancouver, British Columbia, and CUSP presented by RAWartists in Seattle, WA. Ashley Jade is the owner of Seattle based movement and floral design company, THE JADE PLOT.

 

Shane Donohue

 Photo by Stefano Altamura

Photo by Stefano Altamura

SHANE DONOHUE is a Seattle based dance artist currently working with zoe|juniper, Kim Lusk, Alyssa Casey’s Squatch Tanztheater, and Elby Brosch. His performative philosophy derives from an interest in movement and creative practices as they provide him an opportunity to gain new insight on his perception of the world. While studying Dance and Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he received the Incoming Freshman Scholarship in Dance, the Bukolt Family Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Shane is currently a Creative Resident at Velocity Dance Center.

 

 

Alyssa Casey

 Photo by Karina Richardson

Photo by Karina Richardson

ALYSSA CASEY is a dancer, choreographer, and costume designer currently working in Seattle, WA. Originally from Hudson, WI, she graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). At UWSP Alyssa received the Chancellor's Leadership Award, the Anne Gilfry Schierl Fine Arts Award in Dance, the Kathryn Bukolt Dance Scholarship, the Elizabeth Bukolt Family Dance Award, and an Honors Internship. Alyssa was also selected as a finalist for the Laird Exceptional Artist Award. Her choreography has been showcased on stages across the United States and through the form of media art in dance for camera films. Her Performance credits include Michael Estanich, Zoe Scofield, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Liz Houlton, Sabina Moe, Scott Wirtz-Olsen, Lauren Baker, and Joanie Mix. During the summer of 2014, Alyssa studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England. In her work, Alyssa ventures to find trust in herself to take risks, allowing her to present a part of herself on stage. Through hard work, resilience, humor, and trust, Alyssa plans to create work undefined by rules and boundaries, inspiring her audience to view life, and the endless amount of possibilities it presents, in the same way she strives to. 

 

Liz houlton

 Photo by Stefano Altamura

Photo by Stefano Altamura

 

Liz houlton is a Minneapolis native, Seattle-based choreographer and performer with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She has presented works through Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, the Seattle Fringe Festival, 3rd Shift's Battle for the Dance Belt, Capitol Hill's Art Walk with LoveCityLove, and Velocity Dance Center's Bridge Project and Fall Kick Off. Her work has been commissioned by Minnesota Dance Theatre for their Fall 2015 season. Liz has also co-produced a split bill with Elby Brosch and Alyza DelPan-Monley which premiered in May of 2017 as an independently produced Access Velocity with the support of Scratch Deli and Velocity Dance Center. Currently Liz is working towards an evening length at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway alongside collaborators/co-producers Eric Singleton Jr and Alyssa Casey.