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The sound of Barefoot “Footfalls”

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Nov. 10, 2009 at 9:23 am |
November 10, 2009 9:23 am

Tacoma, do you realize how lucky you are? You not only have several reputable ballet companies but two creative contemporary dance companies working to break the bounds of dance, while collaborating with ballet companies to mix things up even more. For a mid-sized town, that’s pretty good going.

One of those dance companies, MLKBallet, is producing an event next week, part of the MOVE! series it’s getting quite a following for. (More on that next week.) The other company is the Barefoot Collective, which is staging an evening this weekend of completely new work from two Tacoma choreographers and Barefoot members: Katie Stricker and Stephanie Kriege Pederson.

The program’s called “Footfalls,” and runs Friday and Saturday nights at the Merlino Arts Center. Each choreographer explores issues of daily life, whether a joyful celebration of life (Stricker) or the secrets behind closed doors in an apartment complex (Pederson.)

From the press release:

“You know how when something overwhelmingly joyful or amazing happens to you, you can’t seem to keep your mouth shut about it?  That is what The Real Me is all about,” says  Stricker.  Each dancer was asked to create a character…and share something fantastic about themselves through spoken word, movement, song and sound.  The Real Me also boasts an original soundtrack created by local musician, Gary Lappier.  

Meanwhile, in Pederson’s Quarters she hopes that “audiences will see themselves and discover what a wonderful community we create when we open up to each other.” 

Even better, the Barefoot team plans to take the show on the road in December to small or unusual local venues: Stay tuned for details.

The Barefoot Collective’s “Footfalls” runs 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 at the Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $12-$15, from www.brownpapertickets.com. Information: www.barefootcollective.org, 253-304-5200

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