The Suitcases Project - Joan Laage Issaquah Depot

Issaquah
  • August 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • August 17, 2014 - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Issaquah is located just south of Interstate 90, and east of Seattle, near Cougar, Squak, and Tiger Mountains, and Lake Sammamish.

About The Suitcases Project

Renowned Northwest Butoh artist Joan Laage will reprise the successful project she developed for the Snoqualmie Depot and re-tailor the piece for the Issaquah Depot, including text, movement and local references to the history of the Issaquah community. The suitcases Project is a free, all-ages continuous event with alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the trolley.

About the Artist - Joan Laage

An active performer/director/producer residing in Seattle since 1990, Joan was Artistic Director of Dappin’ Butoh Company until 2002 and produced a montly homestage called intimate stage for three years.  DAIPANbutoh Collective, of which she is a founding member, produces an annual butoh festival. Joan has a Ph.D. in Dance & Related Arts and is featured in Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, And Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Horton Fraleigh. She performs and teaches internationally, and was an Adjunct Faculty at Cornish College for Fall 2013.

About Issaquah Depot

The Depot is a significant reminder of Issaquah’s transformation from small farming community to bustling coal-mining town. In 1888, railroad tracks reached Gilman, Washington (today’s Issaquah). The Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad line through town enabled the transportation of coal from Gilman to Seattle, where it could be shipped all over.

The Depot itself was completed in 1889 and was restored to it’s circa 1920 appearance in the late 1980s. At that time, the Depot was operated by the Northern Pacific. The Depot has a rectangular footprint and is built according to a basic freight depot design. Inside, half the interior is made up of a main waiting room, ladies’ waiting room, and the station agent’s office. The other half of the building consists of the freight room, where items received and to be shipped were stored. In 1993, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The freight room is an ideal space for meetings, gatherings, and performances. It boasts the building’s original wood floor and rustic walls, with the addition of a bathroom, kitchenette, and screen and digital projector

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Location

Issaquah is located just south of Interstate 90, and east of Seattle, near Cougar, Squak, and Tiger Mountains, and Lake Sammamish.