Playful, Heartfelt ‘A Dance For Dark Horses’ to Premiere at Velocity Dance Center
Seattle choreographer Kim Lusk's work riffs on a quirky cowboy lineage
By Gavin Borchert
February 28, 2018
Parody, ’90s pop beats and the combination of the two are often cited in descriptions of Seattle-based choreographer Kim Lusk’s work; it’s intriguing to imagine how these attributes might or might not tie in with her self-description as “descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders and mountaineers.”
More heart on her sleeve is her credo: “I make dances because I want people to feel things—good things, fun things, thoughtful things, heartbreaking things.”
It’s an approach that’s attracting attention. Lusk was recently an artist-in-residence at her alma mater, Bainbridge Dance Center, where she showed excerpts of a work then in-progress. Now, Velocity Dance Center premieres that piece, A Dance for Dark Horses, a Kickstarter-funded, evening-length work for four dancers, which Lusk calls “a story about the ultimate power of the unlikely winner,” with a little bit of “country giddy-up.”
3/8–3/11. 7:30 p.m. $15–$50. Velocity Dance Center, Capitol Hill, 1621 12th Ave.; 206.325.8773.