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August 24, 2021 @ 7PM


Contemporary dance performance by WA based group The Suitcase Dancers. Performance in the gallery will be followed by DJ & breakdancing in the sculpture garden.

THE SUITCASE PLAYERS is a group of professional and semi-professional dancers, actors and poets, directed by Vicki Lloid, who perform cabaret style entertainment incorporating elements of classical contemporary dance, original theater, burlesque, and street moves. The players vary according to the project. This season, the players are Allison Michelle Keppel, Peter Alexander, Jacki Carlson and Holly Ross Farnam with special guests Peter de Grasse, Renee Archibald and Phyllis Rothwell. Sound is created by Rob Snow. Original poetry for STOLEN DRESS by Tess Gallagher.


Vicki Lloid: Choreographer and performance artist Vicki Lloid made her name in New York as the audition and rehearsal assistant for the Phoebe Neville Dance Company, with whom she performed in a variety of venues, including the 92nd Street Y, Riverside Church, and St. Mark’s in the Bowery. Lloid’s time in New York also included stints with the Mary Anthony Dance Company and The Bicycle Shop Dancers of Brooklyn. In 1991 Vicki moved to Walla Walla and accepted a post teaching Modern Dance at Whitman College, where she stayed on for twenty years and created over forty original dance theater productions many of which involved collaborations with poet Tess Gallagher. Her dance works have also appeared in Seattle alongside the choreography of Donald Byrd, Wade Madsen, and Deborah Wolf in Seattle’s Against The Grain/Festival of Men Dancing. Her evening length work EVEN SO... was presented by Peninsula College for the Raymond Carver Festival in Port Angeles and at Charles Smith Wines and the Gesa Powerhouse Theater in
Walla Walla. She has also presented Carver’s Lemonade both in Port Angeles and Walla Walla. She created The Suitcase Players in 2019 with a 30 minute work called The Traveler which played at multiple local venues.

Allison Michelle Keppel: Allie holds a BA in Dance from the University of Washington. She has performed in both the US and Europe, and danced professionally for Spectrum Dance Theater, Palindrome Intermedia Performance Group, DASS Dance, InEffect Hip-Hop Company and the 5th Avenue Theater. Allie is currently on the faculty of the Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College and has taught Jazz Dance and Yoga at SDL for 13 years. She performed in Vicki Lloid’s work “Lemonade” in Walla Walla and Port Angeles. Allie also performed with Walla Walla Symphony and for ArtWalla’s Black and Gold Gala in 2012.

Peter de Grasse: Since the close of his concert dance career, Peter de Grasse has devoted himself to the study and practice of popping, a West Coast street style he became aware of through warehouse parties in the early 2000s. Peter's company credits include Sacramento Ballet, BalletX, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Tanztheater Des Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany. He has performed and shown choreographic work at a variety of festivals and events in Europe, Asia, and North America. His dance/art film credits include Hidden Rooms/Venice, Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, and Jacksonville Dance Film Festival,
among others. Peter holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. He is the organizer of 5th Element Project, and is a Senior Lecturer of Dance at Whitman College.

Renee Archibald: Renée Archibald is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has performed throughout New York City, the United States, and internationally with independent artists including Christopher Williams, Ann Liv Young, Joshua Bissett, Nina Winthrop, and Rebecca Lazier. Her choreographic work has been presented at NYC venues including The Brooklyn Museum, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. She has received choreographic residencies through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, and Yaddo and has taught at Barnard College, University of Illinois, the Yard, and White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Dance at Whitman College.

Peter Alexander: Born and raised in Walla Walla, Peter Alexander spends much of his time working as an independent dog groomer. He has been involved in the performing arts since he was young, mostly involved in musical theatre. Often you would find him as the lead male dancer in the big dance number of the show. He has performed in many venues around town and the PNW. Most well-known for his appearance in Macklemore’s video
“Dance Off”. Peter is very excited to work with Vicki Lloid and The Suitcase Players as he feels that it truly expresses his love for dance, while combining theatre and the arts.

Jacki Carlson: As a child, you could often find Jacki either playing on the monkey bars, climbing trees, or dancing in her basement or living room. Lacking any formal training in technique, she still found herself drawn to dance as an adult; taking both ballroom dance classes in her 20's and pole dance lessons in her 30's, in which she won a regional competition in 2015. In 2016, she was introduced to Vicki Lloid, who took her under her wing and started training her in more formal technique, contact improv, and modern dance.Jacki has great admiration for the talents of her dance partners and instructor, and is honored to train and perform with them.

Holly Ross Farnam: Holly Ross Farnam enjoyed self choreographed movement as a child and teen, and explored dance further with Modern Dance electives in college. Twenty two years ago she relocated from Florida to Walla Walla, for a job in healthcare, and received new inspiration and instruction from choreographer and teacher Vicki Lloid. Following an extended break, while busy raising four young children, Holly reconnected with Vicki a couple of years ago and became a part of the Suitcase Players. Performance history includes supportive roles at Chism Hall and Cordiner and three local venues with the Suitcase Players last summer.

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