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Cornish Dance Theater Springs Forward

Cornish Dance Theater Springs Forward

: From CDT 2013; "Echad Mi Yodea" choreographed by Ohad Naharin. Photo by Chris Bennion.

The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2014 Concert features choreography by Iyun Ashani Harrison, Jamie Karlovich, Zoe Scofield, and Deborah Wolf.

Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, will present its much anticipated spring concert on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, at Broadway Performance Hall. The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2014 Concert will feature choreography by Iyun Ashani Harrison, Jamie Karlovich (DA ’06), Zoe Scofield, and Deborah Wolf.  In addition to seeing the concert, audience members who attend the Saturday, April 19, matinee will have a chance to talk to choreographers and dancers in a post-show Q &A.

The concert comprises four pieces. Two pieces were created by professional choreographers working outside of Cornish – eleven by Zoe Scofield and The Deeper Side by Jamie Karlovich. The two other pieces on the program were created by Cornish faculty members – Hush by Iyun Ashani Harrison and Passing Measures by Deborah Wolf.

eleven – Originally commissioned by Velocity Dance Center for Strictly Seattle in 2012, eleven was created by zoe | juniper, the artistic collaboration of Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey. Set to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, Scofield’s contemporary movement is absorbingly musical, carried by the bold, driving score. The gestures change from fluid rippling to robotic sharpness in an instant, challenging the dancers to be both specific and intensely physical.

The Deeper Side – Created by Cornish 2006 alumna Jamie Karlovich, this dance work explores the indulgent underbelly of the ’40s-era housewife. These prim and proper homemakers who never reveal their wants and desires finally let their masks slip. Under their flawless facades are passionate, sensual beings who revel in this emotionally driven dance with its wildly contrasting dynamics. The choreography is set to Ray Charles’ “Sweet Sixteen Bars” and Aretha Franklin’s “River’s Invitation” and “Bring It on Home to Me.”

Hush – Faculty choreographer Iyun Ashani Harrison’s Hush combines neo-classicism and jazz influences in a fast-paced, athletic musical visualization set to the music of Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin. Structured yet playful, the piece’s six movements are highly musical and reveal moments of reverence, humor and irony.

Passing Measures – Set to music by Gabriel Prokofiev, Deborah Wolf’s choreography starts her dancers on individual journeys in this sharp, edgy, rhythmically driven work. The imagery overlaps, separates, converges, and then dissipates as the ensemble breaks down once again into its component parts.

The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2014 Concert is part of EXPO 2014, a presentation and celebration of student achievement across Art, Design, Music, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts. 

Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2014 Concert, April 18-19, 8:00 p.m. and April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle.
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