A “physical theater” play set to open on Capitol Hill next week already had a bit of a warm-up run — in Xalapa, Mexico.
The RipCity Dance premiere of Seattle hits the stage here on April 29th, and 30th. The play takes place in both Mexico and Seattle — and is being toured through both.
“The play’s climax happens in Seattle, and its story is told through a time period when Seattle had an important place in the counterculture and in art and music, expressing messages about how to do things differently in the world,” Steven Ripley, the founder of RipCity Dance, tells CHS. “We use music from Seattle bands – Nirvana and Pearl Jam.”
Ripley’s vision for his one-year-old company comes from producing plays, workshops, and dance classes.
“We’ve used hip-hop, breakdance, groovy modern improv, gigong — the intention is to break the usual mold of what a dance class is, and to create a new type of community experience for families to share,” Ripley said.
Written by Adrian Vazquez of Los Tristes Tigres, and in partnership with Ethnofit Studio of Mexico City, Seattle is performed by Nancy Lopez Luna and Elia Mrak.
Each performance will be accompanied by an after-show discussion.
“Adrian’s play tells an astonishing story about the spontaneity of life and the creation of what we call destiny,” Ripley tells CHS. “Our lives are chaotic, with earthquakes and hurricanes and family traumas. We don’t often have a grand sense of things.”
Tickets are on sale for the Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, performances at the Erickson Theater on Capitol Hill.