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Fall 2015 Newsletter
What is this you ask?
Well obviously it is an air compressor...
sitting on a sprung floor...
in our new rehearsal studio.
YIPEEEEE!

The day I bathed my mother


I was recently invited back to dance with Headwaters Dance Company in Missoula, MT. I danced with this company (then called MoTrans) in 1993-94, the first year the company existed. Amy Ragsdale, the founder and artistic director for 22 years, called it quits by inviting past dancers to return for the current company's final concert. When I received the invitation I didn't hesitate. "YES! I will be there."

When I am asked, "Who is one of the most influential teachers/mentors in your life?" Amy Ragsdale is at the top of my list. She taught me the importance of seeing people, seeing every person. She taught me to do stuff...to not wait for stuff to happen but to DO IT. She taught me that being smart and informed is a good idea and will make me a better artist and dancer than any triple pirouette could ever make me. She taught me that teachers matter and their actions are what teach.

Amy not only invited past members to perform but she also invited us to submit choreography for her to consider resetting on the company. I was honored she chose my piece The day I bathed my mother. I was ecstatic to learn she would be performing in it. 

When I arrived in Missoula I was nervous as hell. When I started the music for our first rehearsal I was sick to my stomach. And then...my mentor danced a dance that I made. 

I'm back home in Bellingham now...reflecting on this experience. In my mind's eye I can see her performing in The day I bathed my motherI am not alone in saying that she and Ashley (her partner in the piece) gave us all a gift. They transformed our world for 10 minutes, creating a breathless space to feel. They provided us with an experience that we could step inside of...one in which we could participate. They made this piece, about a mother and a daughter, a piece that even grown men and teenage boys could dive into.  
Choreography - Pam Kuntz with Cara Congelli and Alli Reissman
originally choreographed for "Dance in Concert" at WWU
Photography - Matt and Jen DeLong of Buffalo James Design and Photography
Dancers - Amy Ragsdale and Ashley Griffith

THE WORLD DANCE PROJECT

Please have a look at footage from our Bhangra residencyMay 2015 
This was our second program in our World Dance Project
With Deep Sahota from The Royal Academy of Bhangra based in Surrey, BC.
Our third and final program...
West African Dance
Manimou Camara, the founder of Dounia Djembe Drum and Dance, will be teaching and performing in Whatcom County along with his company Denbaya and guest artist N'Nato Camara. Manimou aims to create a cultural experience that exhilarates, educates and forms deep cultural awareness. Dounia Djembe honors the many traditions of Guinea, West Africa, Manimou's home. Each individual who participates in a Dounia Djembe class, workshop or performance is invited to celebrate life through African culture. Their hope is that Dounia Djembe Drum & Dance fosters an environment of cultural awareness and creativity. In the Susu language they say.
Wontanara!
We are all one together! 
Let's Celebrate!
 
Public events include:
class: 
Oct 28th 7:30-9:00PM at the Van Zandt Hall in Deming

performance: 
Oct 29th 7:00-8:00 PM at the Van Zandt Hall in Deming


Both events are free of charge...just show up! The hall is across from "Everybody's Store" on Highway 9. Call Pam at 360-510-4711 if you have any questions. Non public events include classes and performances at Carl Cozier Elementary and Sunnyland Elementary.
This residency is generously sponsored by The National Endowment for the ArtsThe Jayme Clise Curley and David Leith Curley Family Fund of the Whatcom Community FoundationAllied Arts of Whatcom CountyThe Whatcom Family and Community NetworkWestern Washington University's College of Fine and Performing ArtsThe Community Food Co-Op, and Kuntz and Company.

PETER AND THE WOLF 

Imagine the orchestra pictured below, on their feet, playing the roles of the characters in Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. You don't have to imagine much longer because Pam Kuntz is collaborating with Ryan Dudenbostel, the conductor of WWU's University Symphony Orchestra, to do just this! Don't miss it! Friday November 20th at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall. FREE
Here is a trailer for our film "Ellis won't be dancing today," scheduled to be complete in January 2016. Watch for information regarding the showing!
DO NOT MISS THIS block party on Oct 21st! Not only will you get to touch a Delorean, you will also get to drink awesome Boundary Bay Beer, enjoy some fantastic Food Truck eats, watch Parkinson's Dreams about Me (a dance for camera Pam Kuntz and Rick Hermann made), and watch Back to the Future. You will be contributing to our dance class (flyer directly below!) as 1/2 the proceeds from this block party event go to support our class! Please spread help spread the word. We'll see you there!
Thank you to the Sylvia Tag for your service
as a board member.

You are appreciated and will be missed.

KUNTZ AND COMPANY BOARD
Kathy Cody       John McGarrity
Vince Foster      Debby Meyers
Pam Kuntz        Richard Scholtz
Steve Lyons      David Vergin

Building a Culture of Support for the Arts in our Community
Please take a look at the following organizations
and consider attending their exciting projects.

Bellingham Repertory Dance is a collective of accomplished dancers dedicated to bringing high-quality, vibrant contemporary dance to Bellingham.  The Company creates opportunities for accomplished dancers in our community to perform sophisticated, audience accessible works. Go see "TEN," their tenth anniversary concert, November 19-21 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. Tickets available here.
iDiOM THEATER is the Hardest Working Theater in the Known World, offering a stunning array of original, world-premiere theater, and taking risks that few other theaters are willing to take.
iDiOM believes in theater that is daring, vital, innovative, irreverent, and evolving. Check out there 2015-16 season here. Currently onstage is Clown Bar, an immersive noir/jazz/burlesque experience: "Casablanca meets Cabaret - in big shoes." 
Bellingham TheatreWorks is producing Peaches en Regalia, a play written by Steve Lyons and directed by Mark Kuntz, in the Underground...one of Bellingham's most popular night clubs! On January 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th you will find four strangers united by the politics of the men's room, a peach dish, time management and a very special pair of panties. Monologues slowly weave together into a tight little plot with a big twist! Click here for more information.
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