Velocity Presents Mark Haim's PARTS TO A SUM

By: Feb. 28, 2019
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Velocity Presents Mark Haim's PARTS TO A SUM

Velocity is thrilled to present Parts to a Sum (tentative title), Mark Haim's newest solo opus that premieres at Velocity April 5-13 in 2019. Haim has created work for some of the world's most celebrated dance companies including the companies of William Forsythe, Jose Limon and Nederlands Dance Theatre. Now in his late 50s, for Parts to a Sum Haim will connect 371 individuals across nearly 100 years and 20 countries. Specifically, Haim is gathering 371 "dance prayers" from people he has known through his exceptional international career, including friends, families, mentors, colleagues, students, and some of the most beloved dance artists from Seattle and around the globe. Performing this chain of movements from "oldest to youngest" (ages 93-2.5), Haim's performance ritual is a meditation on life and human interconnectedness.

Haim has had an illustrious career as a dancer and choreographer, especially when one considers he didn't begin dancing until age 17. After a BFA at Julliard and an MFA at Hollins University, Haim went on to choreograph works for some of the world's most celebrated dance companies in the US, Europe and Asia, among them the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, the Limon Dance Company, the Joffrey II Dancers, the Rotterdamse Dansgroep, the Silesian Dance Theater, the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa, CoDanceCo, the TRANS Dance Co., and Ballet Pacifica. His 80-minute solo, "The Goldberg Variations," created between 1994 and 1997, was co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the Danspace Project, and has been presented at the ADF, the Danspace Project in St. Mark's Church in New York, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, On The Boards in Seattle, the Munye Theater in Seoul, S. Korea, the First Progressive Dance Festival in Prague, the Theater for the Young Spectator in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and at over 25 theaters around the U.S.

Since moving to Seattle in 2002, Haim has become a cornerstone of Seattle's dance community. He has served as senior artist-in-resident at the University of Washington from 2002-2008, and continues there as a part-time lecturer. He has presented dances to critical acclaim all over the city, including at Velocity's Made In Seattle, Strictly Seattle, and On the Boards' Northwest New Works. Haim is a favorite teaching artist at Velocity, and as beloved for his warmth and curiosity in the classroom as much as for his ingenuity in the rehearsal studio. It's that warmth and curiosity that has defined his life and work, and makes Parts to a Sum such a unique event.

Performance Dates + Times:

  • Friday April 5, 2019; 7:30PM

  • Saturday April 6, 2019; 7:30PM

  • Friday April 12, 2019; 7:30PM

  • Saturday April 13; 7:30PM

Location: Velocity; 1621 12th Ave, Seattle

Tickets: $20 advance ($25 at the door); $17 MVP members; $15 under 25 (w/ ID); $50 Patron Event Page

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