Who: the BareFoot Collective
What: Ides of May dance concert
Where: Theater on the Square, 901 Broadway, Tacoma
When: Saturday, May 11, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15-$20; purchase online, at the Broadway Center box office, or by calling 253-591-5894
The BareFoot Collective’s (tBFC) Ides of May dance concert is coming again, but this year it is bigger than ever! tBFC has always prided itself as being a home for movement arts in the South Sound area and in working within the community to make dance accessible to all. This year they have reached out to give their annual Ides of May dance concert a boost. Being held on Saturday May 11th, the show will be performed in the beautiful Theater on the Square, thanks to partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
The Ides of May show is known for reaching out to bring the concepts and techniques of dance creation to high school students. In the past tBFC has only been able to bring their workshop to one high school at a time. This year, through their venue at Theater on the Square and the support of the community, tBFC is able to reach out to multiple high schools at once, bringing this unique opportunity for creation and performance with a professional company to as many youth as possible.
tBFC’s collaboration for this show does not stop there. They are excited to be working with local music groups as well. Michael Hoover, co-director of tBFC, is creating a dance piece to his love of punk music, and in particular Tacoma’s own Girl Trouble. “I like the challenge of doing something different, something that challenges what is expected and what is ‘normal,’” said Hoover. Established in 1984, Girl Trouble are a main stay in Tacoma, self producing and creating music their own way.
This year’s concert will also include the music of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, a talented trio branded as “cosmic-folk-rock”. “It is amazing to find music that inspires you to move and create,” said Stephanie Pederson, co-director of tBFC. “How lucky to have such a talented group of musicians in the Pacific Northwest that want to support dance and local organizations through the sharing of their art.”
This diverse show also features the live music of Nathaniel Dybevik, original work from Serendip Dance Brigade, the choreography of Carla Baragan of BQDanza, Serena River, and dancers from PLU.