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"conceptual brilliance, mind-boggling creativity, and choreographic fearlessness"
-- Amontaine Woods

"Multimedia wizards to watch."
-- Seattle Times

"OMG! Manifold Motion is Awesome!"
-- Seattlest.com

About the Company

Manifold Motion has been producing its experimental blend of multidisciplinary performance since 2005. Based in Seattle, WA, the company works and performs with artists at home and throughout the world. To date, Manifold Motion has collaborated with over 45 dancers, musicians, writers, technologists and visual artists.

The company's highly collaborative process creates an interdisciplinary experience where every element supports and enhances the others. In the process we encourage collaborating artists to push their own artistic limits and to expand into other disciplines.

In addition to evening-length productions, Manifold Motion produces a showcase series (Miscellanea) featuring the individual work of past collaborators.

Manifold Motion has been featured at local events including ArtsLaunch, Artopia and Untitled [Intersection].

Manifold Motion is an associated program of Shunpike.

Founding Artistic Director


photo: Carolyn Isaak



Keely Isaak Meehan, CMA
Keely is a dancer, choreographer, director, video artist, and Certified Movement Analyst (CMA). Her interest and dedication to collaborative process and interdisciplinary performance led her to found Manifold Motion as an incubator for large-scale experimental productions.

Dancing since she was a child, Keely has trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, Dunham Technique, Skinner Releasing, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals. She has studied at Oberlin College (BA, Dance), Trinity Laban (Professional Diploma, Dance Studies), University of Washington (Certificate, Arts Management) and Laban/Bartenieff & Somatic Studies International (Certification in Movement Analysis and BodyMind Practice) and received certification as an Open Source Forms teacher in 2012.

Other companies Keely has performed with include The Asterisk Project, Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies, Degenerate Art Ensemble and ZIA Dance. As a solo artist her work has been featured in events including the WPA Poetry Festival, 12 Minutes Max at On the Boards, the LoFi Festival at Smoke Farm, and the Nepo House 5k Don't Run.

Company Members


photo: Divide
Nicole Sasala Lobuzzetta
Nicole is a performer, choreographer, and educator from Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University and currently resides in Seattle, WA. In 2007, she started The Asterisk Project, a modern dance and aerial performance group that focuses on combining aspects of improvisation, site-specific work, aerial dance and collaboration with artists of other disciplines. The rest of her time in Seattle is spent teaching dance and yoga, playing on trapezes, and exploring the Northwest outdoors. Nicole has been a member of Attack Theatre, Junction Dance Theatre, OTO Dance, Locate Peformance Group and, of course, Manifold Motion, as well as shown her own work throughout the continental US, Hawaii, and Ecuador.

photo: Carolyn Isaak
Mike McCracken
With a past heavily involved in music and software, Mike is exploring new elements of his medium, as well as branching into new media. As technology's malleability continues to increase dramatically, new avenues of artistic pursuit emerge and develop. Mike strives to harness these newly opened areas with fascinating possibility for potency to create things of intrigue, beauty and reflection.

Mike McCracken graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Evergreen, focusing on musical applications of computers. He is a percussionist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and Titanium Sporkestra, and creates installations, performs and acts as production manager of Manifold Motion. His installation, "Audible Avatar," was presented at 911 Media in December, 2007 as a part Dorkbot's "People Doing Strange Things with Electricity" exhibit. Mike is also one of the collaborating artists for Smash Putt, The Miniature Golf Apocalypse.

Leo Mayberry
Leo Mayberry has been composing, coordinating and performing live video for the last eight years as KillingFrenzy Visuals. Projects have varied from improvisational explorations with Steve Fisk and Greg Gilmore to complicated theater performance with the Degenerate Art Ensemble. Developing custom applications in Max/MSP/Jitter, and amassing an eclectic catalog of material to draw from has developed the flexibility necessary to thrive in environments from gothic ambience to breakcore meltdown. Use of mirrors, motors, and non-standard screen compositions are all ways he's working to shatter the screen and release the image.

photo: Joris Kamma
Luara Moore
Lue is a graphic designer, visual artist and musician. She currently lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands and designs Manifold Motion's promotional materials. She has, and continues to work in both the artistic and administrative aspects of Manifold Motion as a creator, performer, designer and publicist.

Early Company Members/East Coast Contingent


photo: Carolyn Isaak
Ariel Rogoff Flavin
Ariel began performing at an early age in the companies of Melanie Slater, Tamar Rogoff and Wendy Perron, as well as having the honor of dancing with many other choreographers. She choreographed at Oberlin College where she majored in Dance and Art History, graduating in 2000. She is a recent graduate of the NYU school of Social Work, and currently works as a psychiatric social worker. She is also a dancer with MayDance, and performed in Edith & Jenny, by Tamar Rogoff. She recently performed a duet with her son -- his performance debut -- as a part of Alice Farley's work.

photo: Carolyn Isaak
Kate Watson-Wallace
Kate, a 2007 Pew Fellow in the arts in choreography, is a dancer, choreographer and director based in Philadelphia. Her work has been funded by the Rockefeller Map Fund, Dance Advance, The Independence Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a resident choreographer at Susan Hess and has been a guest artist at Drexel University, the University of the Arts, Franklin and Marshall College, Temple University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her dancing, choreography and study have taken her throughout Europe, and across the U.S. Internationally, she has worked with Bulgarian physical theater director Petar Todorov on American Silences, and with British choreographer Carol Brown. As a dancer she has performed and toured extensively with Headlong Dance Theater, Group Motion and Myra Bazell/Scrap. In 2008 she was featured as a "Person to Watch in 2008," and voted a "Best of Philly" in the Philadelphia City Paper.

She directs Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies, an interdisciplinary performance company whose movement installations have taken place in a car (CAR), a row home (HOUSE), a machine shop and church (The Mentalist), a nightclub and bar (Gone), and for the concert stage (Living Rooms).


Partners


Shunpike

Manifold Motion is a partner artist of Shunpike. Shunpike strengthens the Seattle arts community by partnering with artists to more effectively present and distribute their work.