A Brief Daze Into The Air Above
There are times when the spirit floats between reality and a place of divine peace. As black people, the harsh realities of this world don’t always allow us time to linger there. This piece explores that peaceful place our mind takes us when escaping reality, even if only for a moment.
A moment in the ethereal.
Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Dance Theatre Northwest and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also performed with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Amanda joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017.
In addition to her dance career, Amanda is a newly established choreographer. She has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Next Step Program, premiering her works "Pages" (2018) and "The Argument" (2019) at McCaw Hall. She also was selected to be a choreographer in the Seattle International Dance Festival in 2019. In 2019, Amanda won a residency at Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, giving her the opportunity to create her own show at Northwest Film Forum. Later in 2019, she launched her project titled "The Seattle Project" which is a group of collaborative artists, led by Amanda, that creates new work and dance that breaks down accessibility barriers in the community. In February of 2020, she had her first show "The How of It Sped" premiere at Northwest Film Forum, and in July of 2020 she created and premiered her piece "Musings" for Seattle Dance Collective's Continuum Program. In October of 2020, Morgan made her first piece for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Digital Season. Ms. Morgan was named “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2020 year. She also has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast in February of 2021.
Marco Farroni (they/them)
Marco Farroni is a movement & performance artist, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic & currently based in Seattle, WA. They hold a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts. Their work engages with themes and ideas of the home, the body as an archive, the Diaspora and memory. Artistic collaborations include dani tirrell, David Rue, Aisha Noir, Nia-Amina Minor, Amanda Morgan and Donald Byrd amongst others. To support their work directly via Venmo @marcofarroni.
Zsilas Michael Hughes(they/them)
Born in Flint Michigan, but home to Little Rock, Arkansas. Shuffles & Ballet II, a small studio that began their dance training affording Zsilas Michael Hughes a company position with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Zsilas Michael has also served as a writer, choreographer, lighting director, and actor. Hughes has had the opportunity to touch many stages around the U.S and is looking forward to branching out as an international performing artist.