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Tag: MLKBallet

July
2nd

Lemolo, MLKBallet and Barefoot Collective in The Kaleidoscope Dance at Urban Grace this Saturday

Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.
Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.

New choreography meets live music this Saturday as indie rock female duo Lemolo collaborates with two Tacoma contemporary dance companies – MLKBallet and The Barefoot Collective – in the warm acoustics of Urban Grace Church. The collaboration is not the first such collaboration; MLK’s Move show once featured Vicci Martinez playing a couple of numbers before she got famous, and TBC is known for including a couple of live musicians in their dance shows, from solo viola to jazz combo. But “The Kaleidoscope Dance” is entirely live from beginning to end, and sets some of Tacoma’s best choreographers to the rock duo’s 2012 debut album “The Kaleidoscope,” played in its entirety.

Lemolo, made up of Port Orchard gals Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox, has wowed the Seattle area scene over the last year.  They’ve been called everything from “heavenly and haunting” (City Arts Magazine) to “fragile yet strong” (Seattlepi.com), layering high ethereal voices over guitar riffs and sparse drums. Read more »

June
7th

Ten Tiny Dances is back at Jazzbones, thanks to Tacoma’s MLKBallet

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

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Oct.
1st

Critic’s Picks: Cirque Mechanics, Speakeasy circus, MOVE dance and Stadium Art and Wine Walk

Cirque Mechanics at the Pantages

Cirque Mechanics of “Birdhouse Factory” fame are back in town with a world premiere opening tonight: “Boomtown,” circus set in the Gold Rush era. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. $28/$38/$48/$64. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Speakeasy circus

Circus gets kooky at the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative late tonight, with local bands and DJs, performers from Seattle’s SANCA circus school and guest artists unleashing the dark side of circus. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. tonight. $10 (ages 21+). Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 543 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-426-5704, www.speakeasyartscooperative.com

MOVE! dance show #17

The dancers at MLKBallet bring the

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June
11th

Critic’s picks: Barefoot “Extension” dance, the Telephone Room gallery, MOVE! by MLKBallet and ArtWalk

“Extension” at Barefoot

The Barefoot Dance Collective is inviting companies from around the country to perform in their contemporary dance event “Extension.” Puget Sound companies include Stone Dance Collective, Northwest Dance Syndrome, Tindance, and Stimulate Dance; plus Somebodies Dance Theater from San Diego and Donna Davenport from New York. 8 p.m. tonight and June 12. $12/$15. Merlino Arts Center, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-777-8728, www.barefootcollective.org

New work at the Telephone Room gallery

A collector-mania installation by Julie Rivera, a reworked chandelier by Ben Hirschkoff and playful garden sculpture by Nicholas Nyland make up the June show at the world’s second-smallest

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March
10th

MOVE! this weekend, and director Kate Monthy is also moving – to NYC

They don’t give you much warning, but the creative folks at MLKBallet are holding the 16th event in the MOVE! contemporary dance series this weekend, and it looks to be a good one.

MOVE! #16 once again features dancers from Seattle’s stellar Spectrum Dance Company, plus regulars Joel Myers and Kate Monthy (who directs MLKBallet), the MLK company, regular collaborators Tacoma City Ballet, and guests Josephine’s Echopraxia and the Maureen White Dance Company. Three new MLK choreographers have created new work to be performed with live music from local musicians Goldfinch, Olivia de la Cruz and Travis Barker and the

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Jan.
12th

MLKBallet and Vicci Martinez at Seattle’s Triple Door

I don’t often cover Seattle events. When I do, it’s because there’s something really worth going to – and on Sunday night, there definitely is. Tacoma ballet  company MLKBallet is dancing at the Triple Door club in Seattle, home to many funky fusions of classical, rock, alternative and indie. With them will be our very own Vicci Martinez, who’s launching a new CD featuring “Hearts and Bones,” a full-length piece composed in collaboration with MLK choreographer Kate Monthy.

“Hearts and Bones” is a collection of beat-heavy, reverb-chord numbers that reflect in Monthy’s choreography as emotional risk, betrayal and

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Nov.
20th

Critic’s Picks: “Water Music,” MOVE!, Tacoma Concert Band and Tacoma Symphony

New York Chamber Soloists play “Water Music”

Appropriately enough for a rainy November, the New York Chamber Soloists are in town courtesy of Tacoma Philharmonic to play Handel’s “Water Music,” plus three Mozart works. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $32.50-$62.50. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomaphilharmonic.org, www.broadwaycenter.org

MLKBallet does another Move!

Move! #15 features a stellar line-up, including MLKBallet with Vicci Martinez, Spectrum Dance, Barefoot Collective, Tacoma Dance Collective and Coriolis. Proceeds go to this downtown tuition-free ballet school. 7 p.m. Nov. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 21. $12 advance/$15 at door. SOTA Theater, 1118 Commerce St.,

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Nov.
16th

Barefoot, Sinfonietta and upcoming Move!

Well, I was busy this weekend. Apart from an illuminating concert from the Northwest Sinfonietta (to find out just what difference a conductor makes, go here for the review) I also went along to the Barefoot Collective‘s latest evening show at the Merlino Arts Center. The review’s here, but I just have to say that seeing what Barefoot and Tacoma City Ballet are doing in that building to create a multi-discipline, collaborative arts center is inspiring. The two very different dance companies share rehearsal space, collaborate on projects, join each other in class and

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