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Tag: Seattle International Dance Festival

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 »

June
10th

Critic’s Picks: Seattle International Dance Fest, Flora at Tacoma Art Museum, Hilltop glass sale and TSO Chorus at Urban Grace

Seattle Dance fest

Beginning today the 6th Seattle International Dance Festival offers contemporary dance from Iraq, Japan, Mexico and the United States along South Lake Union until June 19. Art on the Fly is free: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at 410 Terry Ave. plaza, 12-6 p.m. June 11 at streetcar stops. Inside programs are at 7:30 p.m./8 p.m. each evening, $17 advance/$20 at door at Raisbeck Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., Seattle. www.thresholdfestival.org

“Flora and Fine Arts” at TAM

Tacoma Art  Museum plays host to “Flora and Fine Arts,” a collaborative show with the Tacoma Garden Club featuring floral arrangements inspired

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June
4th

Critic’s Picks: “Grapes of Wrath” at Lakewood, Cirque du Soleil, Seattle Dance Fest and Neddys at TAM

“The Grapes of Wrath” at Lakewood Playhouse

Lakewood ends its 71st season with Tony winner “The Grapes of Wrath,” based on the Pulitzer- and Nobel-winning novel by John Steinbeck about a poor Oklahoma family driven out by hunger. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. through June 13. $22/$19 senior and military/$16 ages 16-25/$14 under-16. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza” at Marymoor Park

The world-famous circus company returns to its roots in “Kooza,” a show focusing on acrobatics and clowning. 8 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m.

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