Dancing about architecture

Photo of the Central Library courtesy of Flickr Creative CommonsThe unusual design and architecture of Seattle’s Central Library has inspired many people. Every day, throughout the day, someone can be seen taking pictures of the steel and glass building both inside and out. Photographers are found around the Fourth or Fifth Avenue entrances looking into the honeycombed windows or skyward at the jutted angles that give the building its unique shape. They are also seen wandering inside the library, taking in the intense red walls of Level 4 or capturing the plays of light created in atrium of the Betty Jane Narver Reading Room on Level 10. In a way, a photographer does a kind of dance—bending, turning and balancing in order to get the perfect shot. Their work not only depicts the physical structure of the Library, but can also serve to evoke particular sentiments and ideas.

Dancing is another method of artistic interpretation. For a dancer, their body is the camera. What they see and how they see it is reflected in their purposeful movements of strength, grace and emotion.

Dancing about Architecture photo courtesy of The Sapience Dance Collective This weekend, The Seattle Public Library is thrilled to present the premiere of “Dancing about Architecture,” a new dance work specially created for the architecture of the Central Library. Choreographer Lilah Steece and the Sapience Dance Collective will interpret the building’s dynamic space—exploring the concepts of the Library as a hive-like meeting site, a venue for exploring ideas, a socket to connect to digital or even alien worlds, and a place to reflect on the human experience. Audience members will follow dancers as they perform in different areas of the library. (Be sure to wear good walking shoes!)

Catch one or more of three performances! All will begin in the Norcliffe Living Room on Level 3:

Saturday, June 15
4:00 pm

Sunday, June 16
3:00 pm

Monday, June 17
12:00 pm 

For more information, see our Calendar of Events.

Interested in learning more about the art, history and elements of dance? Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Click here to view La Bayadére: The Temple Dancer DVD in SPL catalog


La Bayadère: The Temple Dancer



Bill T. Jones: Dancing to the Promised Land

Click here to view Dancing at Lughnasa DVD in SPL catalog


Dancing at Lughnasa



Click here to view Celebration Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Dancing on the Land in SPL catalog


Celebration: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Dancing on the Land


A Dance through Time: Images of Western Social Dancing from the Middle Ages to Modern times

Click here to view A Dance with Jane Austen: How A Novelist and Her Characters Went to the Ball in SPL catalog


A Dance with Jane Austen: How A Novelist and Her Characters Went to the Ball 


For additional DVD and book suggestions, take a look at this list.

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