For the holiday season: Classical singing and music with dance in homage to legendary Butoh master Kazuo Ohno, and a Butoh "perversion" of the Nutcracker Ballet.

DECEMBER 15, 2001 (Saturday 8 pm)
DECEMBER 16, 2001 (Sunday 7 pm)

December's event features a trio, Jill Carlsen (soprano), Michael Partington (guitar), and Joan Laage (dance). Jill and Michael perform works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, Leo Brouwer, and Tom Baker, while Joan dances inspired by rose imagery in homage to her teacher, Butoh master Kazuo Ohno. The trio will be followed by "Suite Nuts", a Butoh perversion of the Nutcracker Ballet, performed by Mary Cutrera, Joan Laage, Helen Thorsen, and David Yates. In addition, "intimate stage" is pleased to exhibit "Images of Butoh", paintings by artist and illustrator Robin Dorn.

Jill, who received her music degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), performs in recital regularly throughout the Puget Sound, and has appeared with organizations such as the Tacomaand Kitsap Operas. In March 2001, she produced To the Dreamer of Aranjuez at the Frye Museum, a centenary tribute to composer Rodrigo. Michael, described by Eliot Fisk as a player of "great refinement and sensitivity", is becoming one of the most widely known guitarists of his generation. He performs throughout the US and Europe as a soloist, in ensemble, and with orchestra, and has released three solo recordings. Michael is also a soloist on Northwest Tritych, a recording by the Seattle Creative Orchestra, featuring new music by Northwest Composers.

Artistic Director of Dappin' Butoh, founded in 1991, Joan is a recipient of a Seattle Art Commission 2002 Award for the creation of a new work. Besides appearing with Dappin' the past 10 years, Mary and Helen frequently create their own work, which has been performed at Bumbershoot, Seattle International Butoh Festival, and the Seattle Fringe Festival. David recently moved from Olympia where he was dancing with Doranne Crable and currently studies with Joan.