A New Take on Old Music

A lot can happen in a month! There are so many announcements to make that I truly do not know where to start. It’s like going to an all-you-can-eat international buffet and you can’t decide whether to start with sushi or falafels.

Most of the buzz around Version Excursion has been around The Navigator. Filming is finished we are now in post production! I’ll continue to keep you updated on progress with The Navigator (you can also visit http://www.marchtomay.com/thenavigator), but I also want to make sure I keep you in the loop on some of the other exciting things we are up to!

You may or may not know that I’ve been involved with The Pocket Theater for a little over a year now. I’ve produced many shows there, including Transcribe, a collaboration between dancers, writers, and actors. Clayton Weller, Master Cat Wrangler and the brilliance behind The Pocket Theater is opening a second space in SODO called Slate Theater. I’m happier than a worm in a peach pit to announce that he has graciously offered Version Excursion a residency at the new theater! We have a place to call home and I can’t wait to see what we create there.

(By the way, Clayton is currently booking shows at Slate Theater, so if you are interested in producing a show there, visit the website here: http://thepocket.org/audience-grants-expansion-2016/ Slate Theater is at 815 Seattle Blvd. S.)

Nothing goes better with a new residency than new dancers! We are very excited to welcome two new members to the Version Excursion family: Kelli Carnes and Jennifer Allie. I am delighted to share the studio with these two lovely ladies!

Our first show at Slate Theater will be in October. If you’ve been following Version Excursion for a while, you’ve probably seen or heard of Graceland Project. I’ve presented several iterations of it throughout the years, each time adding to the story using songs by Paul Simon. Recently, I was granted permission from his publishing company to use my entire “wish list” of songs and make this piece the evening-length performance I’ve been dreaming up for the last 15 years!

And that, boys and girls, is why we never give up.


Never give up

Frog: Erin
Bird: Entertainment industry

This piece was originally inspired by the Graceland album, but uses songs from other albums by Paul Simon as well, so the name will change and I am currently accepting submissions for title suggestions. Ideas, anyone? Send them along!

When I talk about Graceland, people often ask if this project is about Elvis Presley. That’s an easy assumption to make, but no. Yes, Graceland is the name of Elvis Presley’s homestead but it is also the title of an album recorded by Paul Simon in collaboration with South African group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend taking the time to do so. It is also worthwhile to read about the making of the album and its historical impact. Here is one of many resources: https://baylor-ir.tdl.org/baylor-ir/handle/2104/4854.

…Or you could buy me a coffee and listen to me geek out for hours like a caffeine-fueled windup toy.

Before I sign off, I want to put a few things on your radar:

-Stills from The Navigator underwater scene, captured by the talented Laura James, are being featured in a display of female artists at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar May 12-31st! You can RSVP here:

-Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation to the release party for The Navigator! Date and time is TBA, but it is going to happen.

-If you like this blog post or anything that Version Excursion does- even if it is our poster art- please help us to keep going by making a donation. Small or large, your donation will help us cover dancer salaries, rehearsal space, and other expenses. Because we have an awesome fiscal sponsor, Shunpike, your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!!! Just click this link: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=110555

Your Friendly Neighborhood Choreographer,