Vashon Center for Dance will present “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, in the Katherine L. White Hall.
Set to the music of Modest Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is a collaborative work among island artist and “dance dad” Jonathan Kuzma, VCD Artistic Director Vadne Domeika and her senior dance students. Kuzma has long been intrigued by Mussorgsky’s and Ravel’s music.
“I see a thread of inspiration in this story running from artist to artist. Friendship and grief inspired Mussorgsky, and his creation, in turn, inspired Ravel,” Kuzma said. “My fascination with ‘Pictures’ grew with the years, and I imagined small scenes to accompany each of the eclectic sections.”
Domeika agreed and saw it as an exciting vehicle for her advanced students. “After seeing what our advanced dancers created for ‘Original Works’ in March, I decided to make this a collaborative effort,” she said. “We have some fabulous choreographers, and I would be remiss if I didn’t help them hone their craft.”
The piece will especially showcase dancers Kelsey Morrison, Grace Derrer, Emma Rose DeSantis, Marisa McTighe and Mia Giovanna Kuzma.
The concert will also include “Alice in Wonderland,” a contemporary ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s classic and set to Joby Talbot’s score. “Alice” will be performed by a troupe of ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop and creative movement students. While Domeika choreographed most of the dance, she had help from tap teacher Crissy Baker, who she said “wears more hats at VCA than I can list,” and also from Rico Lastrapes, a performer and teacher. Dancer, teacher and choreographer Kathleen Bonner choreographed the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which Domeika described as “a hoot.”
Tickets, ranging from $12 to $18, can be purchased at vashoncenterforthearts.org or at the door.