Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2017

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, will stage its Fall 2017 Concert at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. Students in the Dance BFA program will perform pieces by guest choreographers Stephanie Liapis and Bruce McCormick as well as works by faculty members Michele Miller, Laura Ann Smyth, and Gérard Théorêt. Performances take place at 8:00 p.m on November 17 and 18, with an additional matinee at 2:00 p.m. on November 18.

New Cornish faculty member Smyth is creating a classic jazz dance that looks back to the Jazz Era, when the coolest dancers used their personal talent and style to one-up their friends and rivals every weekend at the Savoy Ballroom.

Liapis is working with her Sophomore Ensemble cast collaboratively to look at acceptance of the small and large failures in ourselves and others, focusing on repetitive, subtle gestures.  In her work Skin, Miller and her Sophomore Ensemble cast are using athletic, powerful movement to investigate gender-based assumptions placed on women.  An original musical composition has been created by Nico Tower for Skin.

Théorêt also explores different iterations of womanhood in his colorful, bold, and, at times, tongue-in-cheek Everyday Woman…in a red tuxedo.  

Inspired by NASA's recent images of Jupiter, Bruce McCormick’s Jupiterian Dreams uses fifteen dancers and a contemporary ballet vocabulary to bring its swirling atmosphere to life. 

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2017 Concert

November 17 at 8:00 p.m.
November 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Tickets: $15 general, $7 seniors, $5 TeenTix/students/Cornish alumni

Presented with the generous support of the Bossak Heilborn Charitable Foundation

Tickets available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. For TeenTix ($5 Tickets for ages 13-19) visit For more information on Cornish’s Dance program, see

The Saturday, November 18, matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.