NW New Works 2017: Petra Zanki Jun 12, 2017

by jayme

NWNW 2017: Petra Zanki

In the NW New Works Mainstage Showcase for June 17-18, three dancers recollect objects of the remaining world in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. A blanket, a wind-up toy, a climbing harness, a sweater from 1978, and a jar of peppermints — how do they relate? 

“The objects of memory / Pleasant Place” is the first part of the current work-in-progress by Seattle choreographer Petra Zanki, developed in tandem with musician Benoît Pioulard and dancers Lorraine Lau, Jaclyn Mason, and Tyisha Nedd.

An evening length performance “Pleasant Place” will consist of three 20-minute acts (PART I. Objects of death and memory; PART II. No place; PART III. Green). Set in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by Washington’s greenery, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, death and rebirth, ancestors, roots, and movement in plants, "Pleasant Place" Iooks for spaces where life and death intersect, and through art reach archetypal locus amoenus.


Petra Zanki is Seattle-based choreographer and theatre maker that pursued her performance studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She studied with renowned artists such as Emio Greco, Jonathan Burrows, Goat Island, Rimini Protokoll, and Gob Squad. In 2010 Petra received an award for best Croatian choreographer at XI. Platform, and from 2011 to 2013 she was artist-in-residence at the Zagreb Dance Center. She received a two-year choreography scholarship from The ICK- Amsterdam Emio Greco and Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance. Her work has been presented in festivals across Europe, in the US, and Australia. In the US she has collaborated with Velocity, On the Boards, La Mama, and P.S. 122. In 2016, her first fully-produced US work “365” premiered at Velocity to much acclaim from audience and dance critics alike.

Since a young age, Thomas Meluch (Benoît Pioulard) has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He played piano before his feet could reach the pedals and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment influenced by pop song structures and the unpredictability of field recordings. An avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the basis for his body of work, which now includes six full-length pieces for the beloved Kranky label as well as collaborations with Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) and Kyle Bobby Dunn.  


Petra Zanki, Wade Madsen, Earth and Ceremony, and Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender perform this weekend (June 17-18) in the Mainstage Theater Showcase at NWNW. Join us!


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Photos: Rosetta Greek