Fall Cornish Dance Theater Features Abraham Choreography
SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, will feature the choreography by Kyle Abraham, Marie Chong, Tinka Gutrick-Dailey, Michele Miller, and Gérard Théorêt in the Fall 2016 Concert.
Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2016 Concert
November 18 at 8pm
November 19 at 2pm and 8pm
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
Tickets: $15 general, $7 seniors, $5 students & Cornish alumni
Presented with support from the Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation
Formed in 1916, Cornish’s Dance Department is the oldest continuous dance department in the United States and a major influence on dance in Seattle for the last century. Early alumni include African-American dancer/teacher Syvilla Fort, Martha Graham dancer/educator Bonnie Bird, and groundbreaking choreographer Merce Cunningham. More recent graduates include Amy O’Neal ’99, Ezra Dickinson ’07, and Kate Wallich ’10.
Please note: the Saturday, November 19 matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.
More About The Performance
The Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2016 Concert features the work of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Marie Chong, and Cornish faculty members Michele Miller, Tinka Gutrick-Dailey (Musical Theater) and Gérard Théorêt.
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s When We Take Flight was originally choreographed for the Dancers Responding to AIDS' Fire Island Dance Festival in 2013. The work is inspired by Ryan Lott's musical score, the natural backdrop of the ocean in its original outdoor staging, and the supportive community that comes together for great cause. This work has been restaged on Cornish dancers by Abraham.In.Motion company member Connie Shiau as a part of her residency in the Dance Department in September. The Abraham.In.Motion residency was made possible by the generous support of the Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation.
Marie Chong is also restaging her work Sh…out! for Cornish dancers. The lively, joyful piece was originally created for Arts Umbrella Dance Company in Vancouver, BC, and is an expression of the musical score and the relationships created among the dancers. Tinka Gutrick-Dailey, a faculty member in Cornish’s Musical Theater department, is bringing some Broadway history to life on the stage of Cornish Dance Theater. She is setting works by Jack Cole and Carol Haney on her dancers, which incorporate East Indian dance and classic jazz.
Two original works will also be featured in Cornish Dance Theater this Fall—Sophomore Ensembles choreographed by Dance faculty members Michele Miller and Gérard Théorêt. Sophomore Ensembles allow students of diverse dance backgrounds the opportunity to learn from one another and build community within their second year class. Michele Miller’s work They Fly In Their Own Private Wind, based on a poem by Mage Piercy called ‘Gracious Goodness’, is a collaborative work developed by Miller, her colleague Becca Blackwell, and the cast, which investigates the concepts of flight and support of a group. Gérard Théoret’s piece, CRAFT, is another ensemble work based around dark, mystical, and cultish forces.