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A stop-motion dance film/music video, citywide viewing stations, a premiere screening with live music and dance, and then more dance films!


June 25, 2017“Patience, Atlas” – a preview from ILLEGAL SUNSHINE

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We feel so honored to have received this project grant from New Music USA!

We have been hard at work on ILLEGAL SUNSHINE for the past year and have so many stories to tell. For now, we will start you out with this preview of “Patience, Atlas” one of the dance films/tracks from ILLEGAL SUNSHINE.



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ILLEGAL SUNSHINE is a multifaceted project involving dance film/music videos and live dance/music performance. The first phase of the project was to shoot a stop-motion dance film. This was shot in July and August 2016 while Marion Walker were Artists-in-Residence at Center on Contemporary Art. During winter 2016/17, we will edit the video and record the music for it. Phase two will be the premiere of the video. We will start by having viewing stations hosted at music establishments throughout the city of Seattle from April 1 to mid-May. These stations will be free and targeted at a broad range of audiences. For example, one of the locations is an all-ages venue, The Vera Project, and another is a record store, Georgetown Records. This month and a half of viewing stations will lead up to a debut event at The JewelBox Theater on May 18, 2017. The evening will feature the video screening along with a live set of music from Marion Walker. Throughout our set we will be joined on stage by dancers performing contemporary dance vignettes. The JewelBox Theater is a restored 1930s cabaret style theater with a rich history of hosting Rock’n’Roll concerts. We are excited about combining the mediums of dance cinema and music video as well as the idea of presenting dance within the context of a music show and music venue. As both a band and multidisciplinary company, this melding of worlds is a main focus of Marion Walker’s work. The third phase of the project is to film the dance solos (from the live event) and edit them together into a long-form dance film/music video to be released online along with Marion Walker’s new album in September 2017.

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We Won’t Be In Love Much Longer

This is an excerpt from Marion Walker’s first stop-motion dance film/music video. We received a 2013 New Music USA grant to support this project. It was directed, produced, performed, shot and edited by Smith and Akins, with choreography by Smith. The music was also composed and recorded by Marion Walker.

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07/10/2016 - 09/10/2017


Seattle, Washington

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Last Updated June 25, 2017

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Marion Walker

Seattle, Washington

Marion Walker is the Seattle-based artist team/musical collaboration of Jessie Marion Smith and Kyle Walker Akins. Smith is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and musician. Akins is a musician, visual artist, sound engineer, and filmmaker. Together they play as a band and make interdisciplinary video and performance work. Formed in 2012, Marion Walker has produced/released several...


Kyle Walker Akins

Seattle, Washington

Role: Filmmaker, Composer/Musician, Sound Engineer

Jessie Marion Smith

Seattle, Washington

Role: Choreographer/Dancer, Filmmaker, Composer/Musician

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