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On stage this weekend: the complete “Furniture Dances”

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
November 8, 2010 12:12 pm

It’s the moment the dance community has been waiting for: The complete series of Robin Jaecklein’s “Furniture Dances,” at the SOTA theater this Friday and Saturday.

Over the last few years Jaecklein (who manages to combine a dancing and choreographic career with teaching at SOTA and managing an energetic young family) has been mounting these pieces one at a time – a rocking chair here, a bed there. The vibe is whimsical, with giant pieces of furniture based on Jaecklein’s own, elf-like costumes and mischievous gestures. The complete series of 11 (including “Couch,” “Bed,” “Chair,” “Chandelier,” “Table” and more) will be presented at SOTA this weekend as a highly collaborative show: Music is composer by Jamie Alls, Paul Eliot and others, lighting is by Virginia Bunker, sets are by Jim Jaecklein and costumes by Lisa Fruichante. There’s even a gallery of vases by local artists Terri Placentia and Jimmy Gosselin. Dancers include Joel Myers, Kate Monthy, Hannah Crowley, Katie Stricker, Mary Tuttle, Danny Boulet, Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem, Laura Miltner, Brittany Humphrey and SOTA students.

“The Furniture Series” will show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Tacoma School of the Arts Theatre, 1118 Commerce St., Tacoma. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com

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