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“Lyrical Rhapsody” presented by Dance Theatre Northwest
April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An original series of “art inspired” dances created by Dance Theatre Northwest Artistic Director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer. Live music, dance and a lecture demonstration will be introduced in response to exhibitions and collections of glass art and creations at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Ballet based contemporary dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap pieces will be performed that relate to themes and relationships between the creations of American artists Preston Singletary and Albert Paley and the music chosen to accompany the dances. Kirk-Stauffer will do a 12:45 p.m. exhibition walk around with guests interested in a preview visit to the exhibit. Admission is free with Museum admission.
Also on the performance line-up is “Waterfall: Andante and Allegro” which will be performed to live music. Dr. Jennifer Rhyne on flute and Catherine Case on harp will further enhance the experience through their performance of compositions by Gareth Farr. Dr. Rhyne currently serves as Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Theory at Pacific Lutheran University where she also directs the Sølvvinden Flute Ensemble and performs with the Camas Woodwind Quintet. Cather Case lectures on harp at Pacific Lutheran University and plays broadly. Both artists have impressive backgrounds and are educated in dance as well as music.
Another piece that will be performed to the sounds of flute and harp features DTNW apprentice company member, Emma Young, in “Life & Love” to Bordel 1900 from “History of Tango” by Astor Piazzolla.
The centerpiece, “Lyrical Rhapsody” was created for and will be performed by DTNW company member, Oceana Thunder. Music by Duke Ellington and Dave Grusin adds just the right touch to the dynamic movement inspired by “Raven Steals the Sun, Made at the Museum in 2008 by Singletary – now part of the Collection of Museum of Glass, and a gift of the artist.