Seattle’s nationally recognized, professional dance community is fueled in no small part by Cornish College of the Arts. Its dance department turned 100 years old in 2016, and in the last century it counts among its alums Merce Cunningham, Robert Joffrey, Amy O’Neal and Molly Sides. The class of 2017 dance BFA students are ready to join the ranks, and you can see them premiere new works this weekend, February 25-26.
The BFA Dance Concerts are free and open to the public (though I would encourage those who can to make a donation when reserving a ticket). Some groups works will be choreographed by the students themselves, while solo capstone projects have been choreographed by established, international choreographers, including Sidra Bell, Kiyon Gaines, Danielle Agami and Veronica Lee-Baik.
There are two performances daily on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, at 2pm and 8pm. In addition to seeing all of the performances together, you can see individual capstone projects on other dates:
On Saturday, March 4, there are two performances of deHUMANization by Margaret Phyllis Johnson, described as “quirky” and darkly comedic. On Friday, March 24, the performance of Them looks to be more somber, addressing themes of belief, social pressure—and social media.
The 2017 Cornish BFA Dance Concerts
When: Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, at 2pm and 8pm.
Where: Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122)
Saturday, March 4 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm at Skinner Theater, Raisbeck Performance Hall (2015 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98121)
Friday, March 24 and and Saturday March 25 at 8pm at Alhadeff Studio at the Cornish Playhouse (201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109)