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The Barefoot Collective mixes up contemporary dance for free in unusual venues this month.

A Barefoot Collective dancer. Photo: Gary Lappier.

Contemporary dance isn’t stuck in a black-box theater anymore – at least, not this month in Tacoma. The Barefoot Collective, which over its four-year existence has moved from a home studio to a guest residency, a temporary Spaceworks location and finally a nomadic lifestyle, is presenting its fall program in a unique way: free concerts that mix up styles in non-traditional venues from bookshops to libraries to bars.

“We’re modeling it on the way a band would play a set,” says BFC co-director Katie Stricker. “They’re pop-up gigs in local establishments where people go who maybe would not normally seek out (dance) It’s cross-pollination.”

The collective’s dancers are working with seven local choreographers including Michael Hoover, April Nyquist, Stephanie Pederson, Lucas Smiraldo, Dana Livermore and Stricker herself to create one-act programs of 30-40 minutes that feature improvisation, contemporary dance, dance-theatre, butoh-inspired dance and body percussion works, all brand-new. Read more »