Zaki Abdelhamid, theatre, Sixteen Wounded. To produce and perform a play by Eliam Kraiem addressing the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Focus will be on the human side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather than the political: a story of identity, love and the struggle to overcome the dark past in favor of a bright future.
Mimi Allin, theatre, Adopt-A-Poet. To create and perform in a project about a poet seeking employment for a poet residency at a corporation in Seattle. Providing poetry in uncharted territory creates dialogue about what it means to offer actual payment to an artist whose work typically only garners complimentary copies of small poetry publications. The poet gains insight and a space to work and the corporation gains access to the creative impulse through offering a workshop, reading and new chapbook of poems.
Eric Lane Barnes, theatre, My Evil Twin. To produce a five-person show composed of a collection of songs, scenes, dances and dreams. The five intertwining storylines revolve around the dark corners we all hold in our minds, and the great (and often hilarious) lengths we go to in avoiding/denying them.
William Satake Blauvelt, theatre, Minashigo (Orphan). To create and perform a 90-minute performance work based on the true story of Iva Toguri, a young Nisei (2nd generation Japanese American) woman, who was unjustly convicted of treason by the United States government for being the mythical World War II Japanese radio propagandist Tokyo Rose.
Andrew Boscardin, music, New Jazz Music for Large Wind Ensemble. To support and present the creation of new music for large jazz ensemble with an emphasis on woodwinds premiere and recording. The music will use unique instrumentation that inverts the balance of the jazz orchestra sound by moving the dominance from the brasses to the woodwinds, and by adding timbres less often found in jazz in the form of multiple clarinets, oboe and bassoon.
Brianca Delaney, theatre, Giving Birth To Death. To create and perform a project that combines short monologues, poetry and dance to express one woman's life experience of giving birth to endings. The piece honors the process of death to poverty, suffering, enslavement and nightmares that can strangle second chances. It inspires the courage and personal discovery that propels the character through the journey of overcoming deeply-rooted personal and societal challenges.
Amy Denio, music, Musical Bench at Seattle Center. To compose and create an all-weather musical bench containing a large hand-crafted music box. A hand crank will turn either way, playing the melody either backwards or forward. In keeping with ecological concerns, it will be a relatively "green" installation - one that requires no electricity. It will provide an enchanting soundtrack for those who choose to sit upon this bench.
Mary Ewald, theatre, COMING OF AGE. To perform a theater work dealing with the issue of ageism: the segregation, stereotyping and stigmatizing of people on the basis of age. It will delve into the metamorphosis of youth becoming adults and adults becoming elders. The work will have a collage structure incorporating scenes, monologues based on interviews, video and poetry.
Amber Flame, theatre, Hands Above the Covers: Hairy Palms and Other Nightmares of a Church Kid. To create and produce a multidisciplinary full-length evening performance incorporating new, original music and stories about the experiences of being raised in a fundamentalist religion from a young age.
Chad Goller-Sojourner, theatre, The Bus Stop: Destination Anywhere But Here. To write, develop and stage read a full-length play based on the characters, themes and storylines contained in "In God's Way." The play chronicles the lives of two very different women, and the friendship that develops during a chance meeting at a bus stop.
Ben Gonio, theatre, "America Is In The Heart" (a work in progress workshop presentation). To perform a solo show workshop performance that will partially stage a work-in-progress multimedia format about the prolific Filipino American writer, poet and social activist Carlos Bulosan.
Stefan Gruber, theatre, Psychic Portraiture. To create and perform a show in which the artist paints portraits of audience members with animated light on a stage arranged with a large-sized canvas. Symbols from the life of the model also materialize to decorate the portrait. In a banter with the model and audience, psychic details are intuited.
David Hahn, music, What Is The Word: New Choir Music. To compose, perform and record a new musical work for nine-voice choir. The piece will be settings of four to five poems by Samuel Beckett, creating a new and satisfying piece of choral music. One goal of the new piece is to make sure, from a practical point of view, that the piece is "singable" and viable to be performed by a professional choir.
Mark Haim, dance, Morphing Landscapes. To develop an evening-length performance piece based on a continually metamorphosing repetitive process. This process could best be described as a gradual, perpetual unfolding of movement images, embodied ideas and dramatic situations.
Dayna Hanson, theater, Great Great Great Great Grandchildren of the Revolution. To create and perform a dance-driven rock musical bringing the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's legendary ride and other iconic moments of the Revolutionary War to life. The work blends dance, theater, music, design elements and testimonials to link revolutionary ideas to modern-day hopes and failures.
Keri Healey, theatre, Torso. To research, write and workshop a new play based on a recent real-life murder case in Minnesota, to which the playwright has a personal connection. "Torso" (working title) will explore new and darker territory for the writer: violence, revenge and broken family relations in America.
Robin Holcomb, music, String Quartet #2. To compose and present a new work for string quartet, which also includes a new compostion for piano solo, culminating in three performances and a recording. Copies of the score will be made available to string quartets internationally and the recording will be included on an upcoming CD by the composer.
Marya Sea Kaminski, theatre, Condomillennium: A Play About Fantasy and Real Estate. To develop and perform a full-length monologue play that investigates the inner-workings of people who have been affected by a major condominium project in their neighborhood. The play will combine real human stories with absurd fantasies to build a theatrical picture of the evolution of our urban landscape and our instinctual need for space and home.
Elizabeth Kenny, theatre, When I Was Sick. To create a play that explores a patient's journey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world - a journey that almost killed her - and how treatment by well-meaning, sophisticated practitioners for a common gynecological issue leads her on a two-year downward spiral of misdiagnosis through the complex medical and mental health establishments.
Brian Kooser, theatre, Bloody Henry. To create a new puppet show wildly based on the life and times of King Henry VIII of England. It strives to bring artistic excellence to the puppet stage while creating a rich tapestry of riveting storytelling.
Joan Laage, dance, Operation Theater: "body under the knife". To create and perform a multi-disciplinary theatrical production that creates a kaleidoscope of images, movement and sound revealing and commenting on surgical procedures and on the specialized world of the operating theater. The project views operation (surgery) as theater on the edge of life and death with the surgical knife embodying that edge, both physically and metaphorically.
Tiffany Li Chin Lin, music, This Old Piano. To create, develop and exhibit two new instruments. These two instruments will be reconstructions, each from an upright piano that has been relinquished by its owner and no longer can function as a piano in its original form.
Lois Mackey, theatre, Bullied by the Beast. To complete and present a full-length multimedia stage play about a character's sub-prime loan dilemma, a second mortgage and graduate school tuition. On the verge of losing her house, she places an ad on Craigslist searching for roomers in a last-ditch effort to save her home. Her new roomers, a white gay couple, are met with hostility from the black community as the State is preparing to vote on gay marriage.
Derrick Mitchell, theatre, Flinch Not and Give Not Back. To create active dramaturgical environments geared towards the idea of third-person narrative dialogue that addresses the non-narrative subtext of the often striking images performance group Implied Violence is known for.
KT Niehoff, dance, What I Really Want. To perform a dance spectacle/social evening that plays with physical and emotional proximity between artists and audiences. Five artists entwine with an intimate audience inside an enigma-tic cabaret space. The dancers cajole and flatter, nudging the spec-tators to enter farther into the world of the work and gamble with yielding to their emotional fissures.
Haruko Nishimura, theatre, Dance Art Collaboration. To develop a multimedia performance using butoh dance and physical theater. Inspired by the Topsy-Turvey Doll toy - Little Red Riding Hood on one side, flip the dress over and the grandmother is on the other side. Flip over grandmother's bonnet and the wolf's face is on the other side of her head. Through manipulation of the costume and media, the three characters transform the audience's perception.
Amy O'Neal, dance, too. To create a dance/video performance following the fragmented and dreamlike events of two dancers who encounter 50 other people duet style, but manage to miss each other while environ-ments and people constantly change. The duo meets people under varying circumstances and their inter-action with these strangers, friends and acquaintances creates a cut- and-paste dance of physical extremes.
John Osebold, music, THE WEST. To create a stage performance deconstructing, debunking and celebrating the myths of the Westward Expansion and American imperialism. This multidisciplinary show will explore Lewis and Clark's discovery of the Pacific Northwest, subsequent growth of regional industry, and social impacts on the modern and future world.
Serene Petersen, music, The Unspeakable. To create an audio-collage of stories from individuals and music groups in the Northwest, addressing issues of gender and queer identity, music and the intersections along the way. Topics include personal relationships with the physical body, hormones and transitions, visibility and safety, art, sexuality, mental health and family issues.
Jessica Raymond, music, Jes Raymond. To arrange and produce a concert of songs, for a band of 12 musicians. The cycle of 12 songs use elements of old-time music, gospel, bluegrass and swing. All have themes of human cultural connection with the natural world, and many address finding that natural connection in an urban environment.
Amelia Reeber, dance, this is a forgery. To perform an evening-length solo dance incorporating the visual element of video. There will be a soundscore that consists of previously recorded songs and a thematic armature of original music by composer/musician Sam Mickens.
Max Reichlin, theatre, Her Mother Was Imagination. To perform the story of a girl whose mother was "Imagination," told through five exhibits in multiple media over a year and culminating in a theatre production. The project focuses on creating environmentally responsible art and encourages audience involvement. All electricity for the final play will be provided by two pedal-powered generators.
Greg Ruby, music, Greg Ruby Quartet Recording and Performances. To create 10 new compositions, followed by a recording of those songs and followed up by live performances. The project will capture conversations between the artist and the genre often referred to as "Gypsy jazz."
Murl Allen Sanders, music, She Blows Hot and Cold: A Piece for Chorus and Orchestra. To write a new piece for mixed chorus and symphony to be performed by Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers in their 2009/2010 regular season. The inspiration for this piece is to honor the memory of the artist's mother who died January 2, 2008.
Elspeth Savani, music, Viva Cuba. To create a performance of Cuban music and dance with selected folkloric and popular styles represented, spanning from the late 1800s to the present. The show will be an evening-long performance involving 16 musicians and two dancers.
Tikka Sears, theatre, Below U.S. To perform a multimedia storytelling, physical theater, music and satire work inspired by oral interviews with Latinos that span different classes, generations and nationalities. This original theater work explores the invisible walls and borders that divide communities.
Stokley Towles, theatre, Seattle Waste. To develop a performance exploring local perceptions and behaviors around waste, recycling and conservation. The artist will explore the many facets of the waste stream and reveal the different environmental, social and logistical factors involved in how this city manages waste.
Cuong Vu, music, Cuong Vu Trio Recording "Live in Seattle." To perform and record engagements in Seattle from which a CD will be made and released. The performances will include original compositions by the artist, as well as new approaches and treatments to literature from the traditional, standard jazz repertoire.
Jennifer Zeyl, theatre, Sonic Tales. To design and coordinate the execution of the scenic environment for the work, a series of contemporary fairy tales told through intricately woven dance theater and live music, set in Joseph Cornell-inspired and video-powered landscape. This project will put the idea of heroism under a magnifying glass - exploring the tiny, everyday variety - exploding them into a new mythology.