Cornish Dance Theater’s Spring 2017 Concert

Cornish Dance Theater's Spring 2017 Concert. Photo: John Engerman, poster design.

Cornish Dance Theater’s Spring 2017 Concert

Faculty and guest choreographers' works include a site-specific piece and a focus on human rights, female empowerment, and the art of protests for season finale.

Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the 100-year-old Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, ends the season with the Spring 2017 Concert at the Cornish Playhouse. This year, the Cornish Dance students perform the choreography of Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford, Wade Madsen, Karen O’Branovich, Alia Swersky, and Deborah Wolf.

Located in Seattle, Washington, Cornish's Dance Department was  established in the 1916/17 academic year, making it the oldest continuing dance department in North America. Incipient modern dance forms as well as classical training were part of the curriculum from the very beginning. The many dancers who studied at Cornish include Bonnie Bird, Merce Cunningham, Robert Joffrey, Ezra Dickinson, Syvilla Fort, Amy O'Neal, Dana Sapiro, Louise Soelberg, and many more.

For the Spring 2017 Concert, Cornish graduate Alia Swersky’s site-specific piece makes use of the Cornish Playhouse courtyard prior to the stage production – the sad sanctuary explores the myriad ways women gather and inhabit space together, with special attention to notions of support and witness.  Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford’s contemporary ballet RISE! tackles global violence towards women and is a call to rise and dance for defiance and revolution.  The theme of female empowerment continues in Wade Madsen’s Alice, which is a dance theatre exploration of the women’s movement in the late 1960s interpreted through the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Deborah Wolf’s piece uses dance and vocalizations to investigate ideas of oppression and freedom.  In A Joyful Breath, Karen O’Branovich’s sweeping jazz montage, Bossa Nova and the Ziegfield Follies are reimagined and synthesized into an utterly modern and luxurious extravaganza!

Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2017 Concert

April 21 at 8:00 p.m. (site-specific piece in courtyard to run from 6:45-7:30 p.m.)
April 22 at 2:00 p.m. (site-specific piece in courtyard to run from 12:45-1:30 p.m.) and 8:00 p.m.(site-specific piece in courtyard to run from 6:45-7:30 p.m.)
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Tickets: $15 general, $7 seniors, $5 Cornish staff, students & Cornish alumni

Cornish Dance Theater is presented with support from the Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation

The Saturday, April 22, matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period with Cornish Dance students. To purchase advance tickets please visit Brown Paper Ticekts or call 1-800-838-3006. For TeenTix ($5 Tickets for ages 13-19) visit