Base Resident Artists

Base began awarding two- and four-week creative residencies to dance and theater artists in 2016. The Base Artist Residency is designed to give artists an experience of drastic freedom and low pressure—ideal conditions for incubation, development and experimentation. For half of each residency, the artist takes over Base completely: With full access and moderate technical support, they can build a set, create a light design, perform a new work—whatever they desire. Each residency includes a public event of some kind, whether a performance, showing or discussion, so that the community has a chance to interact with the work that's created during Base Residencies. 2016 and 2017 Base Artist Residencies were made possible with support from Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Read the press release announcing the 2018 Base Resident Artists.


Jade Solomon Curtis, 2018

Born in Texas, Jade Solomon Curtis is a choreographer, dance artist and Founder/Executive Artistic Director of Solo Magic, a non-profit arts initiative that collaborates with innovative artists to create socially relevant multi-disciplinary performances highlighting dance. For Solo Magic, “Activism is the Muse.”

A celebrated dancer of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, Curtis is also the subject of an Emmy Award-winning short film, "Jade Solomon Curtis", directed by Ralph Bevins of the Seattle Channel. Curtis received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is the recipient of fellowships, residencies, and grants from the University of South Carolina, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Velocity Dance Center, Artist Trust and 4Culture. Curtis is currently the Director of the Arts Program for the Pan African Center for Empowerment (P.A.C.E).

While at Spectrum, Curtis toured throughout the U.S and in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Since beginning her solo career in 2015, her solo performances have been commissioned by Seattle Art Museum, Central District Forum for Art & Ideas and Grammy Award-winning jazz composer John Clayton (NYC). Her work has been presented by the Seattle International Dance Festival, Velocity Dance Center and Spectrum Dance Theater. In 2016, Curtis was selected to tour Cuba as part of Common Ground Music Project; her solo, “Emancipation,” was produced as part of the landmark exhibition, “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.” Her solo work has also been commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum and the Northwest African American Museum as a part of “Complex Exchange: Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration.”

During her four-week residency, Curtis will research and begin to develop an as yet untitled multidisciplinary evening-length dance work that integrates innovative technology, classical and contemporary dance and activism to bring to the forefront issues pertaining to marginalized women.

In collaboration with America’s leading Black media-design technologists, original sound design and local activists, the project asks witnesses to join an immersive experience that exposes the performance space and the body—and incorporates the use of kinetic energy as an ability to inform and transform individuals. (Photo: Erik Carter)


Babette Pendleton, 2018

Babette DeLafayette creates activated environments through her multidisciplinary work as an artist, curator, and creative entrepreneur.  Babette utilizes her background as a choreographer and performance artist to build immersive body-sculpture, video, and multimedia based installations and performances. She began her early training at Baltimore School for the Arts, Nutmeg Conservatory, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  In 2013 she founded The Pendleton House, a creative entity that is a conduit for artistic and entrepreneurial collaborations to emerge, allowing for the integration of art, business, research, and communion. In 2015 she ran a multipurpose art and photography studio called New Tomorrow. She is currently the artistic/executive director of the Seattle based Yellow Fish Durational Performance Art Festival. She has been presented at Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, LoveCityLove, Glass Box Gallery, Chapel Performance Space, LxWxH Gallery, The Steel Gallery at Gage, 12th Avenue Arts Center, Cornish College of the Arts, and Hedreen Gallery. Her work has been showcased in Velocity Made in Seattle, Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe) , Yellow Fish Durational Performance Festival, Northwest New Works Festival, Next Fest Northwest, Next Dance Cinema, 12 Minutes Max, Trigger. New Dance Happenings, Akimbo Site–Specific Festival (Baltimore), High Zero Music Festival (Baltimore), and Decibel Music Festival.

Pendleton will use her two-week Base residency to continue building material for her year-long physical collage project, Swimming in Air while Rooted in Water. A group work, Swimming in Air while Rooted in Water uses elements of choreographed movement, large body-sculpture imagery, and installation in a durational capacity. Through a series of vignettes presented over the course of a year, Pendleton cultivates a personal practice of sustainability, duration, and exploitation. (Photo: Robert Campbell)


Petra Zanki, 2018

Petra Zanki is a Seattle-based choreographer and theatre maker originally from Croatia. She pursued her theatre studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was awarded two-year choreographic scholarship from Croatian HIPP-TSP, and ICK-Amsterdam/Emio Greco. Her insightful take on the international arts curation system, The Curators’ Piece, has been performed all over the world to critical and audience acclaim. In Seattle, she has mounted works at On the Boards and at Velocity Dance Center. Growing up in Croatia during the war, Petra’s main artistic interest remains the transformation of pain into landscapes of beauty for the benefit of humanity. Her recurrent themes are life and passage of time.

During her two-week residency in April 2018, Zanki will work with dancers on the second part of her dance triptych, Pleasant Place. The first section was presented at On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival; the second part, entitled No Place, is inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, events of death and birth, the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and plant neurobiology. In an immersive development period, the dancers will interact with objects, images, text, light, music, and leverage physicality to create intelligible and visually captivating performance proposals.

No Place is a place of fantasies and desires where the real and surreal blend. It is a paradise lost. During Zanki’s residency the ensemble will investigate ancestry, personal stories and family histories in order to build foundational material for the performance of No Place. Photo: Jaclyn Mason and Tyisha Nedd; photo by Petra Zanki. (Photo: Blanka Zanki)


Markeith Wiley, 2017

Markeith Wiley is a dance maker, performer and instructor across a range of movement styles. Originally from California, Wiley holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has performed with Keith Hennessey, Kitten n' Lou, The Dance Cartel, Lingo and more. His movement vocabulary spans a lifetime of influences, from breakdancing and hip-hop to contemporary and theatre dance. Wiley was featured on the 2014 City Arts Future List; he’s danced at venues all over Seattle, including Spectrum, Velocity and On the Boards, and choreographed for theatre groups WET and the Satori Group. Wiley spent his two-week, November 2017 residency working with collaborator Laura Aschoff on a new project, "Being All Feeling or 6 to 8 white women," under the name Sylvia_Cilvia.


ilvs strauss, 2017

ilvs strauss is an analytical chemist turned multidisciplinary performance artist. Based in Seattle, her art spans dance narrative performance, anamorphic outdoor sculptures, illustrated storytelling and haiku poetry. She also leads workshops on writing, movement and performance. Her solo piece, Manifesto, was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Best of 2014” list. During her two-week October 2017 residency, ilvs developed a new work loosely inspired by the stations of the cross, Garfield the cat, German wolves and a handful of pulleys. 


Frank Boyd, 2017

Frank Boyd is a Seattle based performer and writer. He is the creator of The Holler Sessions, a theater piece about jazz that premiered in Seattle at On the Boards in 2015 and in New York at PS122’s 2016 COIL Festival. The Holler Sessions has also been presented by The Detroit Public Theatre and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Frank is a member of New York-based ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM, with whom he has performed in GatzThe SelectArchitecting and Particularly in the Heartland. Frank also recently performed on tour with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Boyd spent four weeks in residence at Base in March 2017, working with San Francisco-based collaborator Libby King (RoosevElvisMission Drift) in their first major development period for Patti & The Kid, a theater/dance piece about Waiting For Godot, tent cities and the experience of being left behind by technology. Patti & the Kid will premiere at On the Boards in April 2018.


Jessica Jobaris, 2016

Jessica Jobaris, a Seattle based choreographer and instructor, has been exploring movement and awareness for 20+ years. As a performer, she has had the honor of dancing for notable choreographers Mark Haim, KT Niehoff, Maureen Whiting and Scott/Powell Performance, Salt Horse, and Carr Mixed Media in NYC. In Berlin she worked for Jess Curtis/Maria Scaroni, Felix Ruckert, and Kirsten Burger for German MTV. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and a graduate of Anna Halprin's Tamalpa Institute, Jessica continues to study in the U.S. with Miguel Gutierrez, Anna Halprin and Tere O'Connor. In Berlin, she studied with Martin Spangberg, Robert Steijn, Felix Ruckert, and Rosalind Crisp. Her four-week residency in September, 2016 was spent working with her collective, General Magic, on A Great Hunger, which premiered at On the Boards in the 2016-17 season.


Dylan Ward, 2016

Dylan Ward is a dance/theater/filmmaker operating under the project name Sleep Nod.  He has produced original performance work, interventions and film for over a decade in Denver and Seattle. He spent his four-week residency in August, 2016 working on a range of projects that culminated in a two-night run of "The Lesser Evils," a mixed evening of new work in dance by Ward, Kim Lusk and Laura Aschoff.