QUOTES & REVIEWS
“…The standout piece of the evening, however, was Katy Hagelin’s The Seed...this layered work offered intricate choreography on a cast of talented, well-trained dancers. -Threads Weaves a Solid Evening of Dance SeattleDances
"...Hagelin wields impressive choreographic skills making her a distinct new force on the Seattle dance scene.” -Threads Weaves a Solid Evening of Dance SeattleDances
“Hagelin’s true understanding of the body and its possibilities was demonstrated through tiny, manipulative isolations, inventive floor work, and surprise endings of combinations. " -Katy Hagelin Dance Project Exercises the Imagination SeattleDances
"Hagelin’s...use of character development, spatial arrangement, and movement textures created a world of intensity clearly felt by the audience." -Katy Hagelin Dance Project Exercises the Imagination SeattleDances
"Controller, the last premiere of the evening, was another piece in which Hagelin took her audience to a fantasy world, proving her mastery of fictional landscapes and narratives...The appearance of each new game character was a real treat for the audience as the costumes were playfully bright and the movement delightfully near in quality and texture to that of a video game character..." -Katy Hagelin Dance Project Exercises the Imagination SeattleDances
"Hagelin’s dancers executed her movement with precision and passion, adding strength and beauty to her ever-creative phrase work. If you missed this past weekend’s show, look out for more performances by Katy Hagelin Dance Project as they are not to be missed.” -SeattleDances
“…With so much great dance in Seattle, it seems only fair to mention 11 alternate selections; I could make a case for any of them deserving a top spot[:] ...Katy Hagelin Dance Project (multiple performances)..." -Anne Lawrence [SeattleDances]
"Mariko Nagashima, [Courtney] Dressner, and [Sylvain] Boulet were a strong technical group of performers in [Jennifer Porter's] abstract contemporary ballet piece. Nagashima’s calm and genuine performance underlined her elegant fluid lines, while Boulet executed gorgeous leaps..." -Katy Hagelin Freshens Perspective Through Technical Elegance SeattleDances
“…The final work of the evening, Hagelin’s Waiting Room broke the overarching grief that was present throughout the concert. The performers illustrated the time spent waiting in a doctor’s office, or perhaps, as Hagelin suggests in her program notes, ”the waiting room of the heart.” ..." -Katy Hagelin Freshens Perspective Through Technical Elegance SeattleDances
"Hagelin has a knack for threading movement that combines the fluidity of ballet, the groundedness of modern, and the sharpness of popping and locking." -Katy Hagelin Freshens Perspective Through Technical Elegance SeattleDances
"Hagelin’s fun choreography breathes fresh air into the Seattle dance scene and her beautifully technical company should not be missed in their coming shows.” -Katy Hagelin Freshens Perspective Through Technical Elegance SeattleDances
“…Deathbed, choreographed by Katy Hagelin and Jonathan Hansen, provided a visceral opportunity to enjoy technically challenging choreography. It told the story of a young man who retrospectively experienced his own death...The hero, played by Sylvain Boulet, conceived his own death from under a shroud, atop a medical examiner’s table complete with a toe tag. After a desperate solo with huge extensions and incomprehensibly long balances, Boulet flashed back to the office environment that dominated his life where he was tormented by technological isolation from his coworkers and automated routines." -SeattleDances
"Chanterelle hosted a multitude of voices, some of which spoke more clearly than others...What made the works presented by […] Hagelin and Hansen so compelling were their unambiguous intentions and technically devoted dancers.” -SeattleDances
"Hagelin said in her artistic statement that she intended to make work that people can understand––be they concerning literal or abstract ideas. In L’Actuel, she spelled out exactly the narrative she intended while skillfully combining mime and acting with technique-heavy dancing. The piece is a short story reminiscent of a full-length comedy or dramatic ballet." -A Melodious Blend of Ideas at KHDP Benefit Concert SeattleDances
"The athleticism and physicality of the movements––accentuated further by form-fitting costumes––brought to mind the image of Greek heroes training for the ancient Olympics." -A Melodious Blend of Ideas at KHDP Benefit Concert SeattleDances
"[In] Kimberly Holloway’s work Release the Pull, an aptly titled piece...embodied the struggles and tension of pulling or being pulled. In contrast to Hagelin’s works, which emphasized shapes and poses to finish or start each movement, Holloway focused on the motion that never stops...Holloway’s work poignantly delivered what the title suggested." -A Melodious Blend of Ideas at KHDP Benefit Concert SeattleDances
"...The most intriguing aspect of the work [Sky in a Room] lay in the honesty of both [Megan] Becker and [Sylvain] Boulet, brought out by [Vanessa] Van Wormer’s choreography. Neither looked like they were acting out the narrative, but rather they embodied their own selves––each serendipitously falling in love with the other through music, art, and dance." -A Melodious Blend of Ideas at KHDP Benefit Concert SeattleDances
"The evening concluded with Hagelin’s Controller...Hagelin intensified the piece with elaborate costumes and athletic movements, with influences ranging from ballet to martial arts. In the end, her work cleverly delivered a cyclic concept that left the audience to ponder what is real and what isn’t, who is controlling whom, and just how powerless one could be without any form of control…” -A Melodious Blend of Ideas at KHDP Benefit Concert SeattleDances
“Who is the most underappreciated GREAT choreographer in the Pacific Northwest? I think it’s Katy Hagelin. I’d love to see her choreograph for Strictly Seattle next year.” -Anne Lawrence [Seattle dance reviewer]
“I’ve never been able to sit through a dance show and not have my mind wander. In this [Purple Triangle Purple Dagger] show, I was on the edge of my seat and my attention was held in every piece and every moment…” -Jennifer Porter [PNB]
"KATY HAGELIN DANCE PROJECT EXERCISES THE IMAGINATION"
Review for KHDP's Purple Triangle | Purple Dagger show December 2011. By SeattleDances | Written by Jacqueline Louise Brock. Click here to read!
"KATY HAGELIN FRESHENS PERSPECTIVE THROUGH TECHNICAL ELEGANCE"
Review for KHDP's Summer Works Show August 2012. By SeattleDances | Written by Carla María Negrete Martínez. Click here to read!
"A MELODIOUS BLEND OF IDEAS AT KHDP BENEFIT CONCERT"
Review for 2013 KHDP Benefit Concert July 27th, 2013. By SeattleDances | Written by Imana Gunawan. Click here to read!
KHDP was honored to be mentioned in Seattle Dances' article "12 Notable Performances of 2014" by dance reviewer Anne Lawrence! Click here to read!
Preview Article for KHDP's WAIT, REPEAT March 6-7, 2015. By SeattleDances | Written by Anne Lawrence. Click here to read!
"KHDP TACKLES COMPLEX NARRATIVES"
Review for WAIT, REPEAT show March 6-7, 2015. By SeattleDances | Written by Sandra Kurtz. Click here to read!
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