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Returning Islander debuts first performance in New Works Series

Karen Nelson - Courtesy Photo
Karen Nelson
— image credit: Courtesy Photo

Vashon Allied Arts will launch a new season in their long-running New Works Series this weekend, when veteran Island performer and choreographer Karen Nelson will premiere a new dance work, “Pause/Scrub/Play.”

The performance marks a return to dance and to Vashon for Nelson, who lived and performed on the Island in the 1990s.

For “Pause/Scrub/Play” — a collaborative work that will be largely improvisational — Nelson has assembled a team of collaborators, including dancers Kris Wheeler and Lila Hurwitz, visual installation artist Susan Gladstone, percussionist John Dancey and guest performers Aaron Schwartzman and Louis Gervais. The dancers will also interact with each other and the audience through vocalization.

Tickets, $12/$15, are on sale at Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Books by the Way, Vashon Bookshop and

The next show in the New Works Series will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, when Arlette Moody and Friends present “More Feasting.”


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