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BareFoot Collective Dance Showcase, May 14-15

3 May

BQdanza dance troupe will perform in "Ides of May."

The BareFoot Collective (tBFC) is presenting Ides of May, a contemporary dance concert featuring professional dance artists and upcoming dancers from Gig Harbor High School, May 14-15. In addition to spotlighting the work of budding student performers, Ides of May will debut new choreography by BQdanza director, Carla Barragán, and tBFC choreographers Katie Stricker and Michael Hoover. Stricker will take the floor with an all-female quartet in a dance piece that speaks to the language of sisterhood. Hoover will reprise a cathartic solo involving a whistling tea kettle, and introduce two new works, one of which melds dancers who span a diversity of age, professional experience and geographical locations from across the South Sound.

Perfectly poised: the BareFoot Collective. Photo: Michael Hoover

Barragáns dance company, BQdanza, was the recipient of a Spaceworks residency last fall. For Ides of May, the troupe will perform sections of an original work in progress, Nincompoopiana, fusing the arts of puppetry and dance. Nincompoopiana explores “the rebellion against the status quo through whimsical movement by five larger-than-life puppets,” according to a press release. “The Nincompoopian aesthetic movement began in the 1880s and it rebelled against the pretty and respectable. [BQdanza] restates this concept [by] introducing five archetypal characters that discover each other through simple and comic rapport.” Covered in “puppet skins” decorated with tattoo-like designs, the dancers look like otherworldly beings. They will do a roaming improvisation on the street, May 14, prior to the 7:30 show. tBFC organized this production with the support of a three-month Spaceworks Tacoma residency, including a free rehearsal space at 915 Pacific Avenue fitted to their specifications.

Ides of May, at 915 Pacific Avenue, May 14-15, 3p.m. and 7:30p.m. Seating is limited; advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door on the day of the show ($12/$15). For more information, click www.barefootcollective.org.

The Barefoot Collective Defies Gravity

26 Feb

Stephanie Pederson in flight. Photo: Michael Hoover

For anyone who doubts the existence of extraterrestrials in our midst, this writer would point to the phenomenon of modern dancers – those gravity-defying beings who skim the earth’s surface with pantherine grace, precision and athleticism. This idea took hold a few days ago, after I had a spectacular bike crash in which, after braking for a red light on a steep downhill, my road bike stopped and I flew over the handlebars with feet still clipped to the pedals. While mid-air, I considered that the situation might look a lot worse than it felt. Fortunately, this turned out to be true, as I reassured the driver who jumped out of his car to offer help. Later, a friend kindly suggested that my aerial feat was worthy of the Cirque du Soleil…sure, except that I didn’t land on my feet (and I would have paid to ditch the audience at the traffic stop).

tBFC dancers Kristie Hoke, Tracey Lewis and Jamie Pederson. Photo: Carlos Sanchez

One can hardly imagine such faux pas from the talented members of the Barefoot Collective (tBFC), a local dance company who, since 2008, have earned plaudits for original, contemporary works of power and passion. tBFC is the recipient of a three-month Spaceworks Tacoma creative residency that will support the completion of a major piece, The Ides of May, to be performed the weekend of May 14-15. The studio will also hold community auditions and offer dance instruction to students of all levels at the 915 Pacific Avenue rehearsal space.

Performance at the Museum of Glass. Photo: Michael Hoover

The Ides of May is built on a series of individual vignettes “organized like a concert,” according to tBFC co-director Katie Stricker. Conceived last fall, the project includes an educational component to take place at Gig Harbor High School, where tBFC is facilitating a dance-and-composition workshop. Students will eventually create their own dance piece for inclusion in The Ides of May. The spring showcase will also feature performances by MGMHArts, BQ Danza and other artists to be announced.

Stricker says the large Spaceworks studio will accommodate installation of the company’s marley floor, which allows dancers to rehearse in the exact space/conditions in which they will be performing. “Consistent, quality rehearsal space is invaluable for the creation of dance works,” she says. Stricker, along with co-directors  Michael Hoover, Stephanie Pederson, Carrie Goodnight and Amanda Herman begin work in the new performance space on March 1. I’ll look forward to viewing their fantastic physical feats, from the mere mortals section, with feet planted on the ground. The Barefoot Collective, 915 Pacific Avenue, March 1 – May 31, 2011. Performances May 14 (3pm and 7:30pm) and May 15 (3pm). http://www.barefootcollective.org.

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