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Ides of May is coming!

1 May
the BareFoot Collective

the BareFoot Collective

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.

The Ides of May is Nearing!

7 May

The world of art is in constant evolution and, on a daily basis, new terms and forms emerge while old ones are revisited. For those of us who choose to dance with our creative instincts, our place in this world is seen through the lens of movement. The Barefoot Collective extends this call to movement to you, to all bodies moving through this space and reaching for Spring: “The Ides of May is nearing!” Come, walk, run, skip, ride to 915 Broadway where the Broadway Center’s, new black box theatre, Studio 3 will host a celebration of movement with The Barefoot Collective on May 12th and 13th.
The Ides of May will feature Northwest movement artists performing original creations inspired by a spectrum of life experiences, love to loss, reality to dream, and work to play. These original pieces reveal a depth of content, emotion and movement understanding. The Barefoot Collective works hard to keep the local modern dance wheel turning by consistently hatching new ideas and growing from past ones. “Artistic creation is a continual process, a constant learning experience, one that is fueled by the opportunity to share ones work with an audience.  I think it is in performing and sharing the work that a dance really takes shape,” said April Nyquist, Co-Director of The Barefoot Collective. 

This year the current four co-directors of The Barefoot Collective have invited 3 guest choreographers to add their vision to the show. In an effort to present a diversity of ideas on what dance means in the Pacific Northwest, The Barefoot Collective has invited choreographers that will provide a varied and nuanced understanding of movement, and are both experienced and emerging artists in the form.

Location is essential to the dance performance experience, whether a piece is outdoor, site-specific or housed in a professional theater.  The Barefoot Collective is honored to be the first performing arts group to present works in the newly renovated Studio 3 of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. “It is great to see the renaissance of Tacoma growing to a place that supports theatre and dance companies with high quality professional venues.  It says a lot about Tacoma on the verge!,” said Katie Stricker, Co-Director of the Barefoot Collective.  
And, as a bonus, those attending the May 13 show, which falls on Mother’s Day, will receive a little gift from the Collective as well.

Ides of May is supported by Washington State Arts CommissionTacoma News Tribune, and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
Who: the BareFoot Collective
Ides of May
Where: 915 Broadway,Tacoma. In Studio 3 (enter the silver elevator, space is on the 3rd floor)
When: May 12 at 3pm and 7:30pm, May 13 at 3pm
Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 student, senior, military.
Available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended. 

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