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

March 24, 2011

Choreography by Rainbow Fletcher, Pat Hon, Wade Madsen, and Deborah Wolf

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, is pleased to present its Spring 2011 Concert, with choreography by Rainbow Fletcher, Pat Hon, Wade Madsen, and Deborah Wolf.

Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2011 Concert

April 15 at 8pm
April 16 at 2pm and 8pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors & alumni

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit www.cornish.edu/events or call 206.726.5066.  For TeenTix ($5 Tickets for ages 13-19) visit www.seattlecenter.com/teentix.

About the Performance
The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2011 Concert features the work of guest choreographer and Cornish alumna Rainbow Fletcher alongside faculty members Pat Hon, Wade Madsen and Deborah Wolf.  Bold athleticism characterizes guest choreographer Rainbow Fletcher’s dance, Refined Slang.  With an original score by Dylan Rieck, the piece contrasts precise group uniformity with the vulnerable intimacy of solo performance through a series of vignettes.  Within this dance, informal movement fads are transformed into an elegantly formal architecture.

Pas de Quatre, Anton Dolin’s mid-20th century tribute to Jules Perrot’s 1845 ballet, is staged for Cornish Dance Theater by faculty member Pat Hon.  This ballet originally featured the four great ballerinas of the Romantic Period (Lucille Grahn, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito, and Marie Taglioni), showcasing the individual talents of each dancer.

Wade Madsen’s Honky Tonkin, as the title implies, is energized by a country western score and upbeat vibe.  The large cast of enthusiastic dancers transports audiences to the stomping, sweating communal atmosphere of a country western dance palace.  In contrast, Deborah Wolf brings us a sharp, edgy dance set to music by Annie Gosfield.  Machinery combines with rock rhythms in the score, while the dancers summon up imagery of industrialized physicality.

Please note: the Saturday, April 16 matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.

Biographies

Rainbow Fletcher 
Rainbow is the Dance Director and Choreographer for the Can Can Castaways (in house performance group for the Can Can Cabaret), as well as the co-artistic director of The Offshore Project. Rainbow started dancing when she was three years old and never stopped. Along with dance she received her Black Belt Certification in Taekwondo before heading to college where she earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2004. Directly after graduating, Rainbow danced with Spectrum Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Donald Byrd. She attended the Northwest Professional Dance Project in 2004 and 2005. While there, she performed in works by Alonzo King, Moses Pendelton of MOMIX, Davis Robinson, and Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company. She choreographed Karyotype 46/XY for The Offshore Project in 2006 as a part of Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards, and choreographed and performed with The Offshore Project in the premiere of The Buffoon in Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards in 2010. The Offshore Project was a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! at On the Boards in January, 2011. Throughout the past few years, Rainbow has been commissioned to create choreography for a wide variety of companies and events, including The Deciduous Urge for Coriolis Dance Collective’s Co-Lab 2. Rainbow was honored to be mentioned on the Theater Shortlist for the Stranger’s Genius Awards in 2010. This past summer, she performed her own work with the Castaways in Show Pony Royale at Bumbershoot. The Castaways were headliners in both the 2009 and 2010 Seattle International Cabaret Festival. Rainbow debuted an all new full length show, This Is Halloween, with the Can Can Castaways at The Triple Door in 2010. In 2011, The Castaways opened for Amy O/tinyrage in The Lowdown at The Moore Theater. Also this year, Rainbow choreographed work for the Annual Artist Trust Auction. Over the past five years, Rainbow has directed, choreographed, and performed in over a dozen full length shows with the Castaways, and actively performs in an average of five shows a week at Can Can Cabaret. 

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 33 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 at Cornish College of the Arts for over 24 years and has premiered nearly 23 dances for the college dance company. Wade has been teaching community class in Seattle since moving here and continues his classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country. 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, and Seattle Arts Commissions, 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. 

Deborah Wolf
Deborah began her professional career performing with the State University of New York at Brockport’s Company in Residence. Shortly thereafter she joined Concert Dance Company of Boston, New England’s premiere modern repertory company, performing works by over 50 choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, David Gordon, Wendy Perron, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris, and Randy Warshaw. She became CDC’s Resident Choreographer and eventually added CDC’s Artistic Directorship to her duties. Other performance credits include Seachange Theater Ensemble, New York Chambre Dance Ensemble and Peter DiMuro and Associates.  A recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship and seven Finalist Awards in choreography, she has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Boston and Somerville Arts Lottery Councils, and Seattle’s Artist Trust. Deborah has choreographed for the Boston Ballet, the Boston Symphony Youth Concert Series, and numerous other companies both in New England and Seattle. Producer and performer of her own choreography through WolfWorks, she has also been produced by among others: Boston’s Dance Umbrella, Boston Dances, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, New England Choreographers’ Showcase, and in Seattle area by Velocity’s Strictly Seattle and Under Construction, Rockhopper’s On the Side, Dance On Capitol Hill’s Choreofest and Intimate Works, Eastside Moving Company, Men in Dance/Against the Grain Festival of Dancing, Powell/Scott’s Composer/Choreographer #6, Lehua Dance Theater, Evoke Productions’ Full Tilt, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and On the Boards’ 12 Min Max Mainstage and Northwest New Works Festival. Her choreography was selected for the A.W. A. R. D. Show! 2009 administered by the Joyce Theater Foundation, performed at On the Boards, and was a finalist for the event by audience selection.  Most recently, she premiered a new work at the 2010 Men in Dance Festival. Her teaching credits include Harvard University, Rhode Island College, Boston Ballet, SUNY/Brockport, and currently as Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts. She has served on the boards of d9 Dance Collective, Velocity Dance Center and as a panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Fringe Festival. Deborah received her BA in Dance from State University of New York/Brockport.

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About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts, founded by Nellie Cornish in 1914, provides aspiring artists with the educational opportunities to become professionals in their fields.  The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, and a Bachelor of Music degree.  It is one of three private colleges in the United States focusing on both the performing and visual arts, and the only college of its kind in the Northwest. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.