WWU’s Graffiti Dance Theatre returns to Orcas Center

Orcas Center welcomes Graffiti Dance Theater back to Center Stage for its third season.

Once again the choreographers working with WWU’s Dance Theatre Ensemble have turned to diverse subjects for the dances they are performing at Orcas Center. Bring the whole family for an innovative night of dance on Center Stage Sunday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Choreography by WWU faculty features selected dancers from the WWU Dance Program. This year most of the works are narrative in nature and fall into the genre of dance theater. The story lines are inspired by love; a festive romp as sweet as a first kiss, a suite of dances based on attraction – first attraction for another, then attraction that turns into obsession — and finally the attraction that becomes oblivion when two people realize at the same moment that they have fallen. The dances will be accompanied by the rhapsodic music of Astor Piazzola. There will be two duets drawn from characters that might be found in Alice in Wonderland. The characters are a little mad, a little heartbreaking, a little sinister, a little magical – with music to illustrate by Kronos String Quartet. Graffiti Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Nolan Dennett, is a contemporary theater dance company in residence at Western Washington University and is comprised of 10-12 dancers—current dance majors or graduates from the outlying community. It is family-oriented programming with enough spice and vinegar to please any palate.

Tickets for WWU Dance are $17 for adults, $13 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members. There are $5 subsidized tickets available at the Box Office. Tickets may only be purchased on the Orcas Center website at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext 1 or visiting the Orcas Center box office during box office hours which are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 3 p.m.