About

Mission Statement

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.

Fumi Murakami

Artistic Director, Founder, Producer

Fumi Murakami

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.

Vy Duong

Assistant Producer

Vy Duong

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Vy Duong took her first dance class at the age of 18 and went on to earn her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis in 1997.  In Minneapolis, she had the opportunity to work with noted choreographers Danny Ezralow, Ralph Lemon, Susan Marshall, Joe Chvala, and Stuart Pimsler among others.  After Minneapolis, she performed with Kanopy Dance Company, Connolly Dance Company, and Li­Chiao Ping Dance in Madison, WI.  Since moving to Seattle in 1999, she has performed in works by Brian Dawbin, Shawn Hove, Pablo Cornejo, Fumi Murakami, Amy O’Neal, Christy McNeil Chand, and Jovon Miller.  In addition to working on the producing side with Evoke Productions, she has danced in various Full Tilt concerts.  When Vy is not dancing, she is busily raising a family, working full time, studying kung fu, and practicing photography.

Christin Lusk

Assistant Producer

Christin Lusk

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.

Hailey Burt

Assistant Producer

thumbnail Hailey Burt graduated from the University of Washington in June 2015 with a BA, double majoring in dance and art history. As a dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal assistant, she has had the opportunity to work with Jennifer Salk, Rachael Lincoln, Wilson Mendieta, Bruce McCormick, Alice Gosti, and Anna Krupp, among others. At UW, she also worked as a stage manager and in various other technical roles for over ten productions. Originally from Portland, OR, Hailey is now based in Seattle. When she isn’t dancing or choreographing, you can find her at Seattle Opera, where she is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She is currently a dancer with Relay Dance Collective and most recently created a new work for Full Tilt 2017. She also recently produced and choreographed for a show at Velocity Dance Center, Foundation, in September 2017.

Constanze Villines

Assistant Producer

rawConstanze trained at SVN and Tanzprojekt in Munich, Germany, as well as The Bosl Stiftung, part of the Munich Opera until age eleven. She then expanded her dance training to tap, jazz, and contemporary/modern, and also spent several years on gymnastics and rhythmical gymnastics teams. Constanze attended Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany for theater arts, and also studied at Santa Monica College  and Dance Experiment in Los Angeles, CA.

Constanze has danced for Brigitta Toma, Tanztheater Salome, Marlo Ariz (badmarmar), Erin Nichole Boyt (Version Excursion), Sara Sader / Amy Weaver (Sapience Dance Collective,) Kimberly Holloway, Cyrus Khambatta, Maya Soto, Alicia Mullikin, and Xaviera Vandermay (3rd Shift Dance,) amongst others. She had the pleasure of performing at The Munich State Opera, Tanztheater Salome, Tollwood Festival, Dance Experiment Los Angeles, SIDF, VE’s Standing in the Storm, Body Politics Tacoma, Converge Dance Festival, and more.

Constanze’s work has been shown throughout Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, the Seattle International Dance Festival, The Pocket Theater, The Neptune Theater, and more.

Constanze is the managing director for Khambatta Dance Company and produces, in cooperation with Cyrus Khambatta, the annual Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF.) She is also a film & television professional with over 15 years of experience in film and video production, as well as live event producing. Constanze owns her own production company in Seattle, WA and is presently working on finishing her first independently financed short film. She is also busy producing a new web series to be premiered online in spring 2018 and creating new works for her own dance company re:flexion Dance.

Helen Thorsen

Assistant Producer

254325_1700135478255_1683983463_1267556_7745211_n Helen Thorsen has a BA in Dance from Columbia College, with an emphasis in contemporary dance & dance therapy. Thorsen has been dancing, creating and producing dance in Seattle since 1982. She has been a pioneer of butoh and site-specific work in the northwest. Her choreography has been seen widely in Seattle performance venues. She was a founding member of Laage’s Dappin’ Butoh, dancing with them for ten years. Recent choreography includes performances in Boulder, Chicago, London and Seattle. Thorsen is Managing Director of DAIPANbutoh Collective and has been producing and performing her choreography in the Seattle Butoh Festival. She has a background of study that includes Butoh, Graham Technique, Limon, Effort/Shape, Cunningham, Yoga, Tai Chi, Skinner Releasing, Ballet and Pilates. Her work is grounded in universal principals of open heartedness, acceptance and presence.

Past Contributors

Kelly Smith

 

 

 

Kelly Smith
Founder

Kaitlin McCarthy

 

 

 

 

Kaitlin McCarthy
Assistant Producer

Sarah Nelson

 

 

 

Sarah Nelson
Assistant Producer

Amy Johnson

Amy Lambert (Johnson)
Assistant Producer

Jamie Karlovich

Jamie Karlovich
Assistant Producer

 

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