Thanks to Spaceworks (the Tacoma Arts Commission’s summer-fall arts project for empty spaces), downtown Tacoma’s hosting a lot of cool art these days. Some of the coolest is in Tollefson Plaza, and next week for third Thursday ArtWalk we’ll get to see a new dance work by one of the South Sound’s most inventive choreographers, Carla Barragan.
Barragan, an Ecuadorian-American choreographer who’s known for inventive, thoughtful site-specific work in Tacoma, Seattle, South America and elsewhere, has turned for her 20-minute Tollefson piece to the Gulf oil spill. In “Thick,” dancers from Barragan’s group BQDanza move around the plaza to a soundscape involving poetry by local spoken word artist Lucas Smiraldo. The piece “mourns the loss of and also celebrates the beauty and grace of birds, sea creatures, micro-organisms and other non-human victims of the region,” says the press release.
“Thick” will be performed at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. It’s free. The work will be repeated during Arts Crush, a month-long arts celebration, on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. spaceworkstacoma.com, www.bqdanza.com, artscrush.org