Dance Theatre Northwest brings ‘Authentic Voices’ to MOG

Dance Theatre Northwest will perform at Museum of Glass April 14. Photo courtesy of Dance Theatre Northwest

On Saturday, April 14, the intrepid dance troupe Dance Theatre Northwest will be presenting lecture demonstrations incorporating music and dance in response to exhibitions and collections of glass art at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. “Authentic Voices” is an original series of “art inspired” dances created by DTNW’s Artistic Director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer.

All brand new, the ballet-based contemporary dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap pieces each relate to themes and relationships between the creations of American artists Albert Paley, Michael Taylor, and the music chosen to accompany the dances.

Opening the show will be “Parallel Prisms,” inspired by Michael Estes Taylor’s “Tantric Landscapes,” a laminated optical and pigmented glass creation that reflects multicolored lights and shapes. Kirk Stauffer, who loves this type of commission, finds the work “a breath of fresh air.” Because she loves to create fanciful pieces inspired by art, the strong lines and “authentic” shapes add a lot of fun to her invention.

Also on the line-up is another other succinct piece inspired by the work of Taylor. “A Glimpse of Eden” features Dance Theatre Northwest Company members Katherine Neumann and Oceana Thunder. The dance uses classical ballet skills to enhance a contemporary pointe piece in which the lines and dancers play off each other and at the same time complement the artwork. Other pieces being performed include members of the Junior Dance Ensemble and guest performers. They range from a Broadway style jazz piece “Too Darn Hot” and fanciful tap to the Prokofiev accompanied ballet piece, “Angels Voice.”

Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. is the only performance. The performance is free with museum admission. Each performance is presented as a lecture demonstration. Kirk-Stauffer will be sharing her ideas, discussing each piece being performed, and providing an inside look at the process. At 12:45 p.m. she will walk early guests through some of the exhibit to share a few of her ideas and insights. At 1 p.m. the performance of dance along with slides of the art will be presented.

Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization committed to making dance as an important art form accessible to individuals and groups and to assisting future dancers and artists. For more information visit or call (253) 778-6534.

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