MLKBallet returns this weekend with Ten Tiny Dances, the evening of dance performance confined to a four-by-four-foot stage that they’ve produced in the past to great success. While the venues have varied from Annie Wright Great Hall to the SOTA theater, this Sunday it’s back at Jazzbones nightclub, where the audience surrounds the stage and the atmosphere’s relaxed.
Begun 10 years ago at a Portland bar and still produced by Portland choreographer Mike Barber, Ten Tiny Dances challenges dancers to invent solos, duos, even trios and quartets lasting around eight minutes each on a platform just four by four feet square. They can rearrange the platform into cubes or make it vertical – but they can only step off with one foot before getting back on. It’s an exercise in both restraint and untrammeled imagination.
Dancers this year include Michael Hoover of the Barefoot Collective, SOTA’s Robin Jaecklein with jazz musician Kareem Kandi, Christopher Jordan from Fab5, Andrea Larreta of the Coriolis Dance Collective, Jill Leversee,
Project29’s Tori McConnell, former MLKBallet director Kate Monthy and Tacoma City Ballet assistant director Joel Myers.
All proceeds benefit MLKBallet’s tuition-free dance training program.