NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem Jun 8, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem


Isla is a new work by Seattle-based choreographer Cameo Lethem premiering at NW New Works in the Weekend 1 Studio Theater Showcase, June 9-11. An exploration into social isolation, Isla juxtaposes the individual's perception of isolation with the physicality of shared experiences. With music provided by Steve Reich’s Violin Phase, five dancers explore feelings of loneliness as they attempt to navigate the phasing music within their solo choreography.


Cameo, originally from Hawaii, incorporates her curiosity for psychology and neuroscience into many of her works. She is often inspired by people who are easily dismissed or misunderstood, and aims to expose the humanity of those individuals through movement narratives.

Receiving her formal training from Skidmore College, where she performed in works by Kevin Wynn and Brian Brooks, Cameo graduated with a B.S. in Dance and Neuroscience. Her work has appeared in Dance Magazine for her collaborative participation with Rubén Graciani in dance and film. Cameo then went on to choreograph as part of SaratogaArtsFest. Her work has been shown at the Saratoga Film Forum, National Museum of Dance, Electric Lodge, The Pocket Theater, Velocity Dance Center, and On the Boards. In 2014, Cameo received the Margaret Paulding Award for Outstanding Performance and Choreography. Recently, she was selected as an emerging artist for The Breaking Glass Project, an organization founded by Ellenore Scott to advance opportunities for emerging female choreographers. Her mentors through the program were Sidra Bell and Nia-Amina Minor. Cameo’s previous work, Sundowning, was funded by the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle. She currently dances for Kate Wallich's company, YC2.


Come see Cameo, PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble), Katie Piatt, and Kim Lusk perform this weekend (June 9-11) in the Studio Theater Showcase at NWNW!


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Learn more about Cameo Lethem
Watch a sneak peek of Isla



Photos: Erik Molano