"astonishing work of visual, musical,
and physical art."

- Trey Hatch, The Stranger

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Mary Sheldon Scott has been actively researching movement and creating innovative dance works for over 20 years. Scott's choreography has been presented through On the Boards, Bumbershoot Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American College Dance Festival, Western Washington University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theater Workshop/NYC, Dance/USA, Composer/Choreographer, Velocity Dance Center, the Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the Southern Theater, and the Pacific Northwest Dance Lab. Commissions include the Cornish Dance Theater (2000, 2006), the d-9 Dance Collective (2001), and individual commissions. Grants and awards include an Artist Trust Fellowship in Dance and grants from 4Culture/King County, Artist Trust GAP Program, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/City of Seattle, and the Washington Composers Forum. Since 1993 she has created dance works in collaboration with composer Jarrad Powell, and that collaboration continues to be a central force in the evolution of her work. Scott has been selected as Velocity Dance Center's 2008 Choreographer-in-Residence. Scott is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Scott/Powell Performance and Co-Director of the Composer/Choreographer new performance series. Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also works extensively with visual media. For more information visit www.marysheldonscott.com.

Music Director/Composer

Jarrad Powell's works have been performed and broadcast internationally and include pieces for voice, gamelan, various western and non-western instruments, electro-acoustic music, music for theater, dance and experimental film. His work includes numerous cross-cultural collaborations, particularly with Indonesian artists, including the innovative theater pieces Visible Religion and Kali. Since the early 80's he has directed Gamelan Pacifica, one of the most active and adventurous gamelan ensembles in the U.S. He is Music Director and composer for Scott/Powell Performance, a contemporary dance company formed in 1994 with choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott. Recent projects include music for three innovative short films of Robert Campbell. His work has been commissioned by The Walker Arts Center, Performing Arts Chicago, On the Boards, Music in Motion, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the National Performance Network and many individual performers. Awards include NEA, Arts International, Rockefeller Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture/King County, Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle, Artist Trust Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation. His most recent recordings, Natural Selection and Stonehouse Songs, are available from Present Sounds Recordings. He is a Professor in the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For more information visit www.jarradpowell.com.