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Tag: BQDanza


Barragan’s new dancework “Thick” fills Tollefson with grace and sorrow


Dancers in BQDanza performing "Thick" at Tollefson Plaza. Photo: Jim Oliver.


There were five birds last Thursday evening at Tollefson Plaza, orange and black and bound with thick black cords. Played by dancers from BQDanza, the “birds” danced out a new piece by Tacoma choreographer Carla Barragan called “Thick”, inspired by the Gulf Coast oil spill and presented free in Tollefson as part of both ArtWalk and Spaceworks. They’ll be back next ArtWalk as well on Oct. 21 as part of the Arts Crush month of free events.

And that’s a good thing. “Thick” is well-designed, graceful and captures that particularly impotent sense of regret whenever one imagines all those land, sea and air creatures so devastated by the thick black gunk coating their world. Barragan’s dancers, clad in orange and black tunic and pants, roam the plaza, claiming it as their own. Read more »


Dance at Tollefson for ArtWalk: BQDanza does oil-spill-inspired “Thick”

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

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