Kate Wallich + The YC x Perfume Genius The Sun Still Burns Here, is an evening-length dance and music work made in collaboration by Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich and her company The YC and musician/composer Mike Hadreas of the band Perfume Genius. Through the performers’ interaction with Hadreas’ aural textures and landscapes, Wallich’s choreographic narratives, and Amiya Brown’s production design, they unravel themes of deterioration, catharsis, and transcendence from the body. The project unites a team of two musicians, five dancers, and four designers to create a three-dimensional performance that radically integrates an indie rock performance with contemporary dance.
The combination of Mike Hadreas and Perfume Genius’ “glorious, inventive, shape-shifting music” (The Guardian) with the exacting craft of Kate Wallich, whose work will “undeniably lure you and immerse you somewhere far from the workaday world” (The Seattle Times), will create a spiritual unraveling of romantic decay. Wallich and Hadreas are joined on stage by YC dancers Lavinia Vago (RUBBERBANDance, Saint Genet, Sidra Bell), Thomas House (Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton & Artists), David Harvey (Alonzo King Lines Ballet) and Andrew Bartee (Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet BC) as well as longtime Perfume Genius member Alan Wyffels. Frequent YC collaborators/stylist duo cuniform will also work on the project, with art direction from Andrew J.S.
Kate Wallich + The YC x Perfume Genius The Sun Still Burns Here, is commissioned by Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and was commissioned and created, in part, with the support of The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist Residency Center, made possible by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.