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Ten Tiny Dances back in T-Town–Terrific!

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 18, 2009 at 10:32 am with No Comments »
May 18, 2009 10:32 am

Lauren Edson in last year’s Ten Tiny Dances. Photo: Chip van Gilder.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the Seussian alliteration there.

Here’s where I’ll be going Saturday night: Ten Tiny Dances, an evening of very cool contemporary dance and ballet all done on a stage no bigger than four by four feet.

So what’s the deal with Ten Tiny? It started in Portland years ago as a way of bringing dance to unusual venues, like nightclubs, where there wasn’t the usual stage space. Since then it has migrated to Seattle and Tacoma, and while the venue (Annie Wright Hall) isn’t exactly a nightclub, the folks from MLKBallet who organize the show manage to transform the staid hall into a very funky place, with drinks, hors d’oeuvrs, cool decor and more. The audience sits in the round, with the very small wooden platform stage right in the middle. The small space forces dancers to be extremely creative and unusual–this is dance you won’t see anywhere else.

This year’s performers include MLKBallet The Company, Tacoma City Ballet and Harbor Conservatory, with Ezra Dickinson and Marissa Niederhauser.

8 p.m. May 23. $20 tickets benefit MLKBallet’s tuition-free dance school. Annie Wright School, 827 N Tacoma Ave Tacoma. Information: Kate Monthy, 253-906-2190. www.tentinydances.org

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