Coriolis Dance is the creative nexus by which Co-artistic Directors/Co-founders Natascha Greenwalt and Christin Call create new, post-disciplinary dance works at the intersection of all art forms. The Co-Directors have commissioned and created works for seven fully self-produced shows that curate a larger vision of the capabilities of ballet as an artistic medium with inherent technical rigor. In the 35+ works in its repertoire, Coriolis uses ballet technique as a self-aware vocabulary that, through manipulation and molding, is contextualized with contemporary issues.
The mission of Coriolis Dance is to create new dance works that expand the boundaries of and the way we experience the intersection of all art forms. Formed in 2008 Coriolis has presented original work by exciting, recognized choreographers such as Princess Grace Award Winner Zoe Scofield, Joshua Beamish of B.C.’s Move: the Company, Can-Can Castaways Artistic Director Rainbow Fletcher and her Co-Artistic Director of Offshore Project Ezra Dickinson, Trey McIntyre dancer Lauren Edson, and Alaska Dance Theater Artistic Director Gillmer Duran. The company has also fostered unknown, emerging choreographers such as Hannah Lagerway (formerly Spectrum Dance Theater), Selfick Ng-Simancas, and the critically acclaimed works of the Co-artistic directors themselves.
Christin Call’s work “try to hover (or Private Practice 7)” was presented by On the Boards at the Northwest New Works Festival 2011; and Natascha Greenwalt Murphy’s work “Tethered Apparitions” was presented by Seattle International Dance Festival’s Spotlight on Seattle and Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, 2010. Together they received the 2012 Flight Deck Residency at Open Flight Studios to develop a new work “Insofar as the landscopic field report” and recently completed a year-long artist residency at Studio Current to create their first full-length work “Unfixed Arias.” Additionally, Coriolis has also been presented by On the Boards in the A.W.A.R.D. Show!, Whitman College of Walla Walla, WA, the Move! Festival, Ten Tiny Dances, and others, as well as performed at the Chihuly Museum of Art and Glass and Gallery AXIS.
Coriolis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and has received grants and residencies through the 4Culture Sustained Support Program, Artist Trust’s GAP Award, ArtsWA Project Grant in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture smARTVentures Award, and Velocity’s Creative Artist Residency.
“…interesting and dynamic, further proving that the human body is capable of moving in ways that never seemed possible.” –Cindy Chen, Whitman College Pioneer
“…physical prowess and sometimes violent eros. In it, two men and two women circle their way toward alternately yearning and aggressive coupledom. The four dancers tackled the piece with verve.” –Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
“There was a fine mystery, too, in Coriolis Dance Collective’s aptly named ‘Tethered Apparitions,’ choreographed by Natascha Greenwalt-Murphy. On a stage dimly lamp-lit at floor level, Danny Boulet and Christin Call opened with a stunner of a sinuous duet. The ensuing pairings, snarings and enfoldings — not to mention the out-of-left-field lifts — mixed gymnastic strength with elegant form.” –Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
“…the invention of “Tethered Apparitions” given by Coriolis Dance Collective with choreography by Natascha Greenwalt Murphy. This piece was one that was solid and well-constructed… some very striking moments …This company is one that I trust will bring well crafted and thoughtful work. ” –Dan Speer, Critical Dance
“…Byrd-like choreography and excellent dancing, movements morphing from crane to cat to frog in fantastic outfits…” –Rosemary Ponnekanti, The News Tribune
“…dramatic clashing, limbs flashing, bodies rotating, bodies lifted high, bodies dragged around… we [never had] the stamina Christin Call and Natascha Greenwalt Murphy showed last night.” –Rosie Gaynor, Seattle Dances
“It was lively and well-executed work…show business verve and a real sense of irony…” –Jim Demetre, Seattle P.I.