Evoke Productions Programs
The major program for our organization is our annual dance production called Full Tilt. We hire five or six choreographers, organize a dance audition, coordinate the audition with the choreographers choosing dancers for their pieces, arrange and pay for rehearsals, and produce a two evening/four performance concert. We have successfully enlisted the choreographic talents of many well known local choreographers such as Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, and Michele Miller (Cornish College professors), Mark Haim (former University of Washington faculty), Jason Ohlberg, Michael Rioux, and many others. In addition to presenting Modern and Contemporary dance styles, we have also included Hip Hop and Jazz styles with choreography by Nick & Anna Golla, Rex Kinney, and Nancy Cranbourne. Evoke Productions/Full Tilt is supporting the development of local dancers into local choreographers by producing choreography by past performers. The number of audition participants has steadily increased over the years which speaks to the importance of offering audition opportunities to dancers in our community and the attraction of working with these local choreographers.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
A recent success for our organization is the doubling of our audience base for our Full Tilt annual production. We accomplished this by changing our performance format to two shows per evening instead of our past format of a single show per evening for two nights. We successfully filled the audience for all four shows. This increased our income although we reduced our ticket prices slightly this year.
A goal in the near future for our organization is to give compensation to all our dancers. We would also like to increase our budget for choreographers as many choreographers have graciously reduced their fees for us in the past.