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Tag: Carla Barragan

June
11th

Tacoma’s BQDanza brings giant puppets to Art on the Fly, kicking off the Seattle International Dance Festival this weekend

A dancer in puppet costume plays with Naomi Jacobsen at a PLU rehearsal. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Avalon Ragoonannan, wearing a bride puppet, dances with Naomi Jackobson at BQ Danza’s rehearsal for Art on the Fly. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

 

Question: Where can you see giant wearable puppets, audience-controlled marionettes, a Bollywood flash mob and national champion breakdancers all in one day?

Answer: At Art on the Fly, the free outdoor kick-off dance event for Seattle’s International Dance Festival. Art on the Fly happens from noon-9 p.m. this Saturday on Terry Avenue in South Lake Union; while the festival runs June 14-23 and involves emerging and established companies from the Northwest and around the world.

But it’s Art on the Fly, though, that involves Tacoma group BQDanza, headed up by our own choreographer Carla Barragan, who is bringing back 14-foot-high Peruvian Paway puppets in a roving performance they’ve been practicing this week on campus at Pacific Lutheran University.

“It’s improvisation…the moment it’s happening it’s just enjoyment (for the dancers),” explains Barragan, as she watches her troupe of five cavort with passers-by in the PLU courtyards. “The performers love interacting with the audience. And mostly the audiences are very respectful, and join in. The hard part is rehearsals, getting it together behind the scenes.”

Along the campus’ shady walkways, the figures stroll like a Diego Rivera painting come to life. Read more »

Oct.
15th

Critic’s Picks: Orr plays organ, the St. Olaf Orchestra play the Pantages, free dance and film at ArtWalk and TAM turns 75

Organ concert for American Cancer Society

Jeff Orr, organist at Mason United Methodist Church, and cellist Stuart Hake will play a concert this weekend to honor cancer victims and survivors. The program includes Mendelssohn’s fourth organ sonata and Reubke’s Sonata on Psalm 94, with a foyer show by the Proctor Art Gallery. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Suggested donation to American Cancer Society. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-759-3539, www.masonumc.org

St. Olaf Orchestra plays the Pantages

In a concert to benefit the Tacoma Youth Symphony, the St. Olaf Orchestra from Minnesota will play a concert this weekend

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Sep.
9th

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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