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Meryl Davis and Charlie White on Ice Dancing, Touring, and Classical Music
Here in Seattle for the 2015 Stars on Ice national tour in April, Meryl Davis and Charlie White – U.S., World, and Olympic Ice Dance champions - sat down with Steve Reeder to talk about their careers and the sport, and why touring with Stars on Ice is so rewarding. They also talk quite a bit about classical music (Charlie has played violin most of his life), what they love about it and why it will always have a place in skating.
Carmina Burana at PNB
Pacific NW Ballet’s stellar 2014-15 season wraps up with a magnificent finale – the pairing of Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH with Kent Stowell’s primal Carmina Burana (opening May 29). Artistic Director Peter Boal talks with Marta about the production, as well as the upcoming farewell of PNB Principal Dancer and audience favorite, Karla Korbes, at the June 7th Season Encore performance.
Cat on a Hot TIn Roof at ACT
At a recent KING FM Behind the Scenes evening at ACT Theatre, host Sean MacLean talked with ACT’s Artistic Director, Kurt Beattie, who has directed ACT’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Their conversation includes Kurt’s musings on the underpinning of the play and his directorial choices. Kurt and Sean also discuss the challenges in Williams’ personal life and the many profound themes that run through the play.
Jasper in Deadland
Jasper in Deadland – “a musical thrill ride through the Underworld” - will be the 17th new musical shepherded by the 5th Avenue Theatre. It’s onstage through May 24. From a 40-person youth theatre work, it morphed into a 9-person Off-Broadway success, and now is evolving again at the 5th Avenue under the guidance of director (and Seattle native) Brandon Ivie. Learn how it all happens in Marta’s conversation with Brandon.
Vinnie, Cynthia, and Ariadne
Vinnie Feraudo is Director of Production at Seattle Opera. Costume designer Cynthia Savage is Costume Shop Manager for Village Theatre. She designed the costumes for Seattle Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The self-described “Clintons of theatre production” (Cynthia once had Vinnie’s job, and he worked for her) are working together on Ariadne, and they also happen to be married. They’ve had a wonderful life in the theatre – meet them and learn about their work and the show in this great conversation. (Ariadne auf Naxos onstage May 2-16)
Madeleine Albright on Read My Pins
Walk along with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as she leads a tour of Read My Pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The exhibition presents more than 200 pins, chosen by Mme. Albright as much for their beauty and design as for the symbolic message they could convey. There are wonderful photographs of her wearing many of them on historic occasions, and there is truly a story for every pin. From precious gems to costume jewelry, it’s a gorgeous collection, artfully curated. On view at BAM through June 7.
Spring and early Summer at SAM
Native American craft and design varies depending on what region of the Americas it comes from – and all regions are represented at Seattle Art Museum’s spectacular Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. But SAM is a multi-venue organization… head out to the Olympic Sculpture Park, and you’ll find the Pavilion newly redone by artist Sam Vernon. Later this summer, wood carver Dan Webb will be found daily in a little wooden shed at the park, gradually turning a fallen tree into art. SAM’s Director Kim Rorschach talks with Marta about these and other riches on view this season at SAM.
Spring Performances at the UW World Series
The extraordinary season at the UW World Series continues. Executive and Artistic Director Michelle Witt talks with Marta about what’s in store for audiences this spring, including the Seattle debut of the world renowned Lyon Opera Ballet. Brazilian musician and statesman Gilberto Gil will be here, as will the Carolina Chocolate Drops, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the Catalyst Quartet. And that’s just the beginning.
The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe & Carmina Burana at PNB
Journey from ballet’s classical roots to its most contemporary choreography this spring at Pacific NW Ballet, beginning with the inventive choreography of William Forsythe, celebrated in The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe, opening March 13. The PNB orchestra shows its chops, too, taking on Handel, Bach, Berio, Shostakovich, Orff, Tchaikovsky and more, as audiences thrill to the magnificent corps de ballet in Swan Lake and the drama of Carmina Burana with Ming Cho Lee’s massive, looming Wheel of Fortune hovering over and around the dancers. We also say goodbye to audience favorite, Karla Korbes. Hear all about it in Marta’s conversation with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal.
ARTS CHANNEL LIBRARY
Hear all about it! From theatre to dance and visual arts to film, the Arts Channel Library houses some of the most exciting and unique past and present conversations in town. Interviews are organized by genre.