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Mar. 5, 2012 at 3:57pm

What is Spring Dance Extravaganza?

Find Out What It's All About!

Tacoma City Ballet’s Choreographers have been hard at work, creating seven original ballets for your enjoyment.  Spring Dance Extravaganza is a remarkable showcase of dance that includes live music and features the choreography of Award-winning Artistic Director Erin M. Ceragioli, Celebrated Resident Choreographer Travis Goldman, and Assistant Artistic Director Joel Myers.  These three top South Sound choreographers have developed original and dynamic dance pieces for this show that span traditional and contemporary styles. Come enjoy this terrific evening with something for everyone.


When:April 20th-22nd

Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 22nd at 3:00pm

Where: Theatre On the Square

9th & Broadway in Downtown Tacoma, next door to the Pantages Theater

Interested?  Learn a little more about the pieces…

Venetian Angels by Erin M. Ceragioli:  With original costumes painted by Dale Chihuly, choreography by Erin M. Ceragioli, and music composed by Elizabeth Naccarato, Venetian Angels is truly a collaboration of local artists.

Adnama by Travis Goldman:  Adnama, originally choreographed in 1997, explores the intricate relationship between the slower melody and faster countermelody in Bach’s work.  With Adnama, Travis managed to create a musical ballet that bridges both counterparts beautifully.

20 by Joel Myers20 is a contemporary work featuring the music of Seattle-based producer/musician, Buddy Ross. The movement is created collaboratively with the dancers using a number of phrase manipulation techniques.

For Suzy by Travis Goldman:  For Suzy is a new work, and a new challenge.  Instead of following the lead of a composer in determining “what the music looks like,” Travis is composing the music as well as the choreography; this is a first.  Travis feels this is his first complete solo work, as he is creating both the music and the dance.

Songs for My Father by Joel Myers: The movement style in Songs for My Father comes from the impression that early Ailey, Taylor, and Byrd works left on Joel. The music is a combination of traditional gospel songs and original pieces performed live by Alex Tapia.

Grand Hotel by Joel MyersGrand Hotel is a lighthearted comic ballet set in a lovely old hotel where you are just as likely to witness a pratfall as a pas de deux. You will find starry-eyed maids, bumbling bellhops, an aloof heiress, and much more at this Grand Hotel.

Whalesong by Erin M. Ceragioli:  Originally choreographed in 1990,Whalesong is performed under a 60’ by 60’ piece of silk, accompanied by the sounds of the Humpback whales.  Inspired by the ocean-like movement of the silk, this innovative ballet evokes images of whales in their natural environment.  Whalesong was selected for the Gala Performance by the Regional Dance America/Pacific organization, a great honor.

We hope you’ll join us for Spring Dance Extravaganza!

Tickets are on sale now now through the Broadway Center Box Office: 253.591.5894

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