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Cornish College of the Arts Presents Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2011 Concert

October 18, 2011

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, is pleased to present its Fall 2011 Concert with choreography by Danny Buraczeski, Pat Hon, Wade Madsen, and Jason Ohlberg.

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2011 Concert
November 18 at 8pm
November 19 at 2pm and 8pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors & Cornish alumni

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit or call 206.726.5066.  For TeenTix ($5 Tickets for ages 13-19) visit

About the Performance
The Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2011 Concert features the work of visiting artist Danny Buraczeski, guest choreographer Jason Ohlberg, and Cornish faculty members Pat Hon and Wade Madsen. Nationally recognized jazz choreographer Danny Buraczeski’s Swing Concerto celebrates two glorious vernacular traditions: Eastern European klezmer music and the swing orchestras of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. Staged on Cornish dance students over the course of a two week residency, Buraczeski’s work is intensely physical and driven by rhythm.

Jason Ohlberg returns to Cornish Dance Theater to premiere Symphony in G Minor: The Pond. This lush, impressionistic piece features music by Mozart and a large cast of dancers that fill the stage with Ohlberg’s distinctive movement. Wade Madsen’s Water is a study in blue. The dance contrasts contorted lines with the ebb and flow of liquid choreography set to a classical score. Las Hermanas returns to Cornish Dance Theater and was last staged on the company in 2006 by faculty member Pat Hon. This dark drama is infused with a distinctly Spanish feel. Based on the 1945 play La casa de Bernarda Alba, the dance portrays the inner family drama of a domineering matriarch and her five daughters. Tragedy unfolds with the arrival of a two-timing suitor.

Danny Buraczeski’s residency at Cornish and the staging of Swing Concerto on Cornish Dance Theater were made possible by funding from the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

Please note: the Saturday, November 19 matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.


Danny Buraczeski
After a career on Broadway appearing in such musicals as Mame with Angela Lansbury and The Act with Liza Minnelli, Danny Buraczeski formed the original New York City –based JAZZDANCE in 1979. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul from 1992 to 2005, the company performed across the United States, Europe, Russia and the Caribbean. Buraczeski’s works for JAZZDANCE were commissioned by presenters such as the Walker Art Center, Bates Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Library of Congress. Buraczeski has also created works for the Boston Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and many repertory companies and universities across the nation. He has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was the recipient of a 2003 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Choreography. He is currently a Professor of Dance at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Patricia Hon
Pat performed extensively for 10 years with ballet companies in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany. In 1983 she received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Choreographic Fellowship and since then has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Inventions, Singapore Ballet, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Goh Ballet in Canada, Federal Ballet Company of Malaysia, Ballet Petit, and for dancers competing in the International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi. Before coming to Cornish in 1978, she taught at the Morelli Studios in New York and in Florence, Italy. Pat began studying ballet at the age of 10 in her native Singapore and continued her studies at Rosella Hightower’s Centre de Danse Classique in France. She also studied Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance in Madrid, Spain, and performed with the foremost Spanish dance company, Antonio and his Ballets of Madrid, before coming to New York to attend the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has been teaching for 34 years as Professor in the Dance department at Cornish College of the Arts. Between June and December 2008, Pat was Head of Dance at the School of the Arts, Singapore, where she continues to teach in the summer.

Wade Madsen
Professor Wade Madsen has been teaching in the Seattle area for over 31 years.  He has taught at Cornish College of the Arts for over 24 years and premiered nearly 25 dances for Cornish Dance Theater. Wade currently teaches community classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country.  This summer, Wade will be teaching for the 28th year at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop.  Wade has been producing and performing his own work with his company, Wade Madsen and Dancers, in Seattle since 1977.  A former member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Tandy Beal & Company, Wade has received choreographic grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State, King County, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist’s Trust, and Allied Arts.  His work has been produced in Seattle by the Allegro! Dance Festival, Seattle Dance Project, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, Rockhopper Dance, d-9 dance collective, Spectrum, Seattle Opera, and ACT Theater. He has also performed with various dance groups in Seattle, including Spectrum Dance Theater, DanceWorks Northwest, Dayna Hanson, Amy O’Neal, Amy Legendre, and Co-Motion Dance.

Jason Ohlberg
Originally from Fresno, CA,  Jason received his formal dance training at the State University of New York at Purchase.  Professionally, Jason has danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jan Erkert and dancers, and Wade Madsen and Dancers.  In 1997, Jason founded Same Planet Different World Dance Theater in Chicago where he acted as artistic director and head choreographer for four years.  Jason’s choreography has been seen throughout the country and locally on the apprentice company of Spectrum Dance Theater, Men in Dance, Cornish Dance Theater, Dance Fremont, The Seattle Children’s Theater and Arc Dance Productions.  Jason has been on faculty at Barat College, the school of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Spectrum Dance Theater, Arc Dance Productions, Dance Fremont and the Y.A.I. program of the Seattle Children’s Theater.  Jason is a certified authentic Pilates instructor and a level one teacher trainer with Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle, WA.