PHOTO ESSAY: The Intiman Theater celebrates its new space with the “Homecoming” festival

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by Maile Anderson


A high risk of rain did not prevent the celebration of Intiman’s “Homecoming: Performing Arts Festival” on Capitol Hill this past weekend. In fact, Director of Development and Communications Wesley Fruge called the weather a “wonderful way” to welcome the Intiman Theater to its new space at the Erickson Theater on Harvard Avenue.

“Intiman didn’t have a home theater for the past 5 years,” said Frugé, explaining the move. “Our offices were in the Seattle Center, but we were producing all over town at different locations for each show. “

As part of the celebration, the Harvard Avenue block that will now be Intiman’s permanent home hosted several vendors, including Vermillion Art Gallery, Badder Body and Mediums Collective.

The two-day festival began with a children’s show presented by South End Stories followed by dance performances with Baile Dior Studios. The weekend’s lineup included spoken poetry, stand-up comedy, and drag shows to end the evening.

On the night of Saturday, September 18, Intiman’s partner, BECU, hosted an “Angels in Seattle: Arts Advocate Awards” award ceremony and checks were presented to five recipients for pursuing and supporting the arts during the pandemic. On Sunday, September 19, founder and artistic director Dani Tirrell presented his new piece “3»With dancers Nia-Amina Minor, Marco Farrow and David Rue. The Sunday performances also included The Filthy FemCorps which drew a very energetic crowd.

For more information on last weekend’s event, check out the Intiman Theater website at intiman.org.

Nicole Suyama, Project Manager of Red Eagle Soaring, performs a duet with Logan Ulavale. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Dani Tirrell in a bright orange shirt, crouching on the floor.
The choreographer, dancer and guide of the movement Dani Tirrell launches a brand new choreographed piece entitled “3”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo of Nia-Amina Minor on stage.
Movement artist and educator Nia-Amina Minor performs as part of “Portals: OUTSIDE” at the Velocity Dance Center. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Elby Brosch and Shane Donahue performing a couple contortion act.
Drama Tops’ Elby Brosch and Shane Donahue perform with Velocity Dance Center’s “Portals: OUTSIDE”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Ade Connere singing into a microphone.
Ade Connere, half of the disco duo Bijoux, performs at the HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting Bread Pilot waiting to perform on stage.
Bread Pilot performs as part of the festival’s Café Racer on Saturday September 18th. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing a member of the Bread Pilot group singing into a microphone.
Bread Pilot performs as part of the festival’s Café Racer on Saturday September 18th. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing AJ Suede rapping into a microphone.
Musician and rapper AJ Suede performs as part of the festival’s Café Racer on Saturday, September 18. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing a person presenting a woman in a colorful outfit posing with a croquet mallet while in the background two people presenting a man sit on colorful garden chairs.
The factory set up a fun photo booth for attendees to play croquet and be surrounded by giant flowers. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Wesley Fruge speaking into a microphone.
Wesley Frugé, Director of Development and Communications at Intiman Theater. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Betty Wetter in a black sequined dress playing.
Betty Wetter (host), who is part of the local drag, burlesque and dance magazine BeautyBoiz “QUEER AF”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo of Bosco playing under red lights.
Bosco performs for the local drag, burlesque and dance show BeautyBoiz “QUEER AF”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo showing Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill playing with two battery operated candles.
Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill performs for the local drag, burlesque and dance show BeautyBoiz “QUEER AF”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

Maile Anderson had the immense privilege of traveling to amazing places with a camera next to her. She believes that documenting the evolution of the world, whether in the form of protests or other cultures, is important work that reinforces sensitization in this time of social justice. Follow her on IG: @tinypicturetaker.

?? Featured Image: Beau Degas performs as part of the local drag, burlesque and dance show BeautyBoiz “QUEER AF”. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

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