Evoke Productions’ mission is to provide opportunities and venues for talented dancers and choreographers to present their passion for contemporary dance in the Seattle area. Fumi Murakami and Kelly Smith have been dancing and performing in the Seattle dance scene for many years and have also been ongoing supporters of the arts in our region. In an effort to broaden our contribution to the performing arts community we envisioned a platform where dedicated, passionate, and talented dancers and choreographers could come together to present dance performances that were exciting, daring, emotional, entertaining and memorable.
Artistic Director, Founder, Producer
Born in Osaka, Japan, Fumi Murakami first took ballet at the age of four. Although Fumi always maintained an interest in movement and dance, she had little formal training until she attended college. Fumi received a degree in Mathematics and Theater/Dance from Oberlin College. Since her arrival in Seattle in 1981, Fumi has had the privilege of working with many talented local choreographers including Yoko Murao, AC Petersen, Shannon Hobbs, Michele Miller and Pablo Cornejo. Fumi has also had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned choreographers David Rousseve and Ann Carlson.
Kelly Smith received her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2000 where she trained with professors, Marcia Parsons, Ed Burgess (Humphrey/ Limon), Janet Lilly (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane) and Andre Tyson (Alvin Ailey) among others before dancing professionally with Danceworks Dance Company in Milwaukee WI. After dancing and teaching on the east coast for 2 years, Kelly moved to Seattle in 2002 to dance with talented artists like Pablo Cornejo, Cheronne Wong, Michael Rioux, Amy O’Neal, Deborah Wolf, Ace Peterson, and Christy McNeil among others. She also founded and danced in the Choreo Collective – MoDanCo, performing in Seattle and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. In 2006, Kelly and Fumi Murakami successfully formed Evoke Productions and are currently working on their 4th annual dance concert, Full Tilt which offers highly collaborative works with artists of all disciplines as well as opportunities for skilled and talented dancers to have an outlet to perform and entertain. When Kelly is not dancing, choreographing, or performing, she is working as a Director of Sales for the 4 diamond Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, WA.
Born and raised in Redmond, Washington, Jamie Karlovich graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in May of 2006. At Cornish, she got the chance to work with Wade Madsen, Jason Ohlberg, Mary Sheldon Scott, Deborah Wolf, Tonya Lockyer, Mark Haim, Sonya Dawkins, and performed historical pieces such as a suite from Jose Limon’s “A Choreographic Offering” as well as Martha Graham’s “Diversion of Angels” in which she played the role of the red woman. She received the Merce Cunningham Scholarship, multiple Dance Department Scholarships, and was on the Cornish College of the Arts President’s List. Jamie has performed with Wade Madsen and Dancers, Markeith Wiley’s The New Animals, Redd Legg Dance, Dance Contemporary, Lehua Dance Theatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, the professional company associated with the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and has been invited to River North Chicago’s summer dance intensive.
Christin Lusk graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She has presented her own works at Velocity Dance Center, the Erickson Theatre, and Broadway Performance Hall. Christin has choreographed for the Evoke Productions 2011 Full Tilt dance concert, the 2011 BOOST Dance Festival, and A Moving Conversations at the Fremont Abbey. She has also performed with Karin Stevens Dance, Quark Contemporary Dance Company, Anne Motl from Northwest Dance Syndrome, Victoria McConnell/Kenaniah Christian Bystrom, and Redd Legg Dance. Currently Christin teaches at eXit SPACE School of Dance and is a company member of badmarmar dance. She will be starting her STOTT pilates training in the spring.
Photo credit: Carolyn McCarthy
Kaitlin McCarthy likes dance. She likes to make it, see it, direct it, think about it, talk about it, and write about it. She started dancing in her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI before attending Mt Holyoke College where she graduated summa cum laude in 2009. In Seattle she has worked with a dozen local choreographers as a dancer and has created work for Velocity’s Fall Kick-Off, 12 Minutes Max at On the Boards, Evoke Productions’ Full Tilt, and her self-produced show, HOT MESS. Kaitlin has also been a staff writer for the blog Seattle Dances since March 2012. More information on her website:www.kaitlinmccarthy.com
Sarah Nelson came to Seattle in 2009 from North Carolina, where she attended UNC-Greensboro with a major in biology and a minor in dance. Her joint interests in dance and science continued in the years following graduation, when she began working in human genetics research at Duke University. While in Durham, she danced with a local collective and taught ballet to youth and adults. Since moving to Seattle she has become assistant producer for Evoke Productions and danced with the MoDanCo collective, which meets weekly at Velocity to explore movement ideas and generation. She currently works for a genetics data coordinating center at the University of Washington, where she will begin the Masters in Public Health Genetics program next fall.