City Arts Magazine Presents Genre Bender, a One-of-a-kind Performance That Pairs Together Artists from Different Creative Disciplines to Develop New Works

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On Feb. 15 and 16, 2014, City Arts will present Genre Bender for two shows only at the Cornish Playhouse. Genre Bender is commissioning five pairs of artists to create new multidisciplinary works, fusing a diverse range of styles and influences into an unforgettable performance. The weekend’s events will also feature a Saturday night afterparty for artists and audiences to dance, drink and celebrate together. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 and will be $30 at the door.

Genre Bender debuted as part of City Arts Fest in 2011—combining a poet and chocolate maker, a cellist and lighting designer, a dancer and filmmaker, among others—but will now be produced as a stand-alone event twice a year. Curated by City Arts editorial staff and Genre Bender creative director Jennifer Zeyl, the event celebrates innovation and cross-pollination in Seattle’s thriving arts community. The February performances will showcase collaborations from the following pairings:

Marya Sea Kaminski + Mark Mitchell
Kaminski is a writer, director, actor and solo performer known for delivering powerhouse performances in iconic roles at Seattle’s leading theatres. Mitchell is a fashion and costume designer whose recent exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, Burial, attracted record-breaking crowds for a look at his ethereal couture for the dead.

Ahamefule Oluo + ilvs strauss
Oluo is a musician, comedian and storyteller who plays trumpet in the post-jazz band Industrial Revelation, whose 2013 album Oak Head was released to major acclaim. As part of Town Hall's artist residency program, he premiered his mixed-media performance Now I'm Fine in December 2012. strauss, a writer, musician and performer, creates wild original stories to accompany slideshows built from found images and has performed widely throughout the Northwest.

Kaylee Cole + Jessica Jobaris
Cole is a singer and songwriter whose confessional, sardonic compositions recall piano-playing raconteurs like Burt Bacharach and Nora Jones. She spent much of 2013 recording in Los Angeles with producer David Sitek of TV on the Radio; those songs will be released as an album in mid-2014. Dancer and choreographer Jobaris has performed internationally with a host of acclaimed companies including Lingo dance theatre, Maureen Whiting Co. and Salt Horse. She frequently works in dance cinema and is known for her experimental choreography.

Trent Moorman + Lusine
Moorman is the hardest-working drummer in Seattle, playing a custom combination of standard and electronic drum kits. He's a member of the bands Fresh Espresso and Head Like a Kite and regularly performs with Don't Talk to the Cops, Katie Kate, OC Notes, Vox Mod and others. Lusine, aka Jeff McIlwain, is a veteran electronic music producer who plays at dance clubs around the world. His album The Waiting Room was released in early 2013 by vaunted Ann Arbor-based record label Ghostly International.

Ezra Dickinson + Shaun Scott
Known for his innovative choreography, Dickinson stunned audiences last spring with his site-specific solo performance, Mother for you I made this, a multimedia tribute that unfolded on the streets of downtown Seattle. Scott, a writer and filmmaker, creates sweeping meditations in both documentary and narrative formats and is currently completing post-production on his fourth feature, Pacific Aggression.

About City Arts
City Arts is a magazine dedicated to creative life in the Seattle area. Online and in print, we visit with artists on stage and in their studios to give our readers a birds-eye view of our region’s creative character.

Unlike any other publication nationwide, City Arts combines the sophistication of a glossy magazine with the accessibility of a free alternative weekly. Through our focus on creative life, we are strengthening local culture and growing arts audiences.

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