KT Niehoff’s “A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light” Returns to ACT October 30

Claire Biringer
Posted on October 30, 2015, 9:21 am
2 mins

Legendary 2010 “dance/theatre/cabaret/glam-rock musical” A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light returns to ACT for their 50th anniversary season with an all-new cast. This show runs from October 30 through November 14 and is a production of ACTLab, ACT’s more experimental program, which partners with up-and-coming artists to produce imaginative new works.

Created by Seattle-based dance artist and collaborator KT Niehoff, Glimmer follows Niehoff’s recent trend of exploring non-traditional performance spaces and experiences; performers engage with audience members, and all are free to move about the space at will. In this atmosphere, Glimmer creates a world of spectacle and indulgence, of interactive cabaret vignettes, of glam rock anthems and wonder and raw energy.

This year’s Glimmer revival will include new dancers (one of whom is also a singer with new songs written for this performance). From the ACT website:

…five core dancers, seven showgirls, and a rock band led by singer/songwriter Ivory Smith [comprise the new cast]. Niehoff and Smith front the band, singing original songs that borrow inspiration from Pippin, Cabaret, and Moulin Rouge. Scott Colburn composed the moody and atmospheric pre-recorded score.

Glimmer‘s entirely new cast includes Seattle personalities Meredith Sallee, Amy Clem, Patrick Kilbane, and Molly Sides (lead singer for Thunderpussy)—who Smith and Niehoff will be creating new songs for—as well as artists from Vancouver, New York, and Portland.

Flamboyant costuming and inhuman dance sequences make Glimmer a prime candidate for a mind-blowing Halloween weekend. You can learn more and buy tickets on ACT’s website, including the opportunity to RSVP for pre-performance Glimmerati parties.


KT Niehoff’s A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light

Where: ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret Theatre (700 Union St.)

When: October 30 – November 14, 2015. See ACT’s website for show times.

Claire Biringer

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.