(Crissy Baker (left) and Emalia Hinden (right, top and bottom) Photos).

(Crissy Baker (left) and Emalia Hinden (right, top and bottom) Photos).

Original dance works find a place in the sun

Four pieces slated to take the stage at the Vashon Center for Dance have been reworked for video.

  • Friday, September 11, 2020 1:04pm
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March was full of unhappy surprises for young island performers. One, in particular, was the immediate halt of Vashon Center for Dance’s seventh annual production of Original Works — a favorite local spring dance showcase featuring student and professional choreographers.

But now, with the help of a videographer, Emalia Hinden, four of this year’s pieces have been reworked and restaged for video. For the videotaped versions of the dances, plenty of pivots and even a few pirouettes were required — revising choreography from large groups to solo or duet pieces, filming outside, wearing masks, and keeping at least 10 feet of distance. And yet within and perhaps even because of these constraints, dancers flourished to create even more moving and meaningful works, said Joseph Panzetta, who works at VCA.

The four videos feature student performers Arianna Vickers and Gwen Burwell (top right) Sadie Choo and Sophie Hancock (bottom right), Tamsen Henry (not pictured) and VCA/VHS alum Louisa Moody (left) in collaboration with island artist, Christian Sun, presenting his new song, “Ode to the Sun.” Videographer Emalia Hinden also appears in the photo on left.

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