Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber


A Vashon girl dances back into town

May 8, 2013 · Updated 4:23 PM

Vashon Allied Arts long-running New Works series, which presents premiere works by local artists, will open a new season on Saturday, when island dancer Elise Ericksen brings her five-member PDX Dance Collective to a performance at the Blue Heron.

Ericksen’s dance concert, called “Earth, Air, Water, Fire … Dance,” will feature her five-person troupe backed by a group of island musicians and Will Forrester, a local artist who will paint live during the show. Seating for the audience will be in-the-round, with chairs and walls moved back to give the dancers more room.

“Our goal is to push the boundaries for this show,” said Ericksen, who grew up on the island and now lives and works in Portland. Her troupe has participated in the Dance Coalition of Oregon and regional festivals.

Island musicians in the show will include Jack Barbash on piano, Gaye Detzer on viola, drummer Graham Hazzard, flutist Nancy Morgan and vocalists Jean Richstad, Jasper Forrester, Dick Paulsen and Mark Wells. Marita Ericksen, mother of Elise and a fixture in Vashon’s choral and community theater scene, is the evening’s music director and vocal soloist.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $12/$15, are available at the Heron’s Nest, www.vashonalliedarts

.org or by calling 463-5131.

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