Amidst ongoing coronavirus concerns and in consideration of Governor Inslee's recent restriction on large gatherings, we have regretfully decided to cancel our Spring Concert Series. Although our concert attendance is typically less than the restriction, it seems prudent for us to follow the spirit of the directive. At this time, we have no plans to reschedule this concert in 2020, though we hope to present the same program in 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this illness.
As we are nevertheless dependent on these types of fundraising events to provide much-needed grants to local schools and students, we would greatly appreciate any support you are able to offer at this time. You can donate online or by mail. We are incredibly grateful for donors like you. who help us fulfill our mission to inspire, enrich and educate students in need.
"In 1984 I was very fortunate to visit Uganda, where a dream maker made me a beautiful drum with a snakeskin head. I'll never forget sitting in the place to come home and seeing by chance the baggage handlers loading my drum with incredible respect and care. The drum to them is a living spirit.
The poems I set are a celebration of how that spirit is brought to life. The piece enacts the ritual of constructing the drum, whose component parts are drawn from the surrounding nature - a nature that gives of itself almost sacrificially. We hear how the goat is killed for its skin, how the tree, which bleeds cedar-dark when cut, bestows the drum's body, and how the sticks and rattles are taken, all to begin a new life as companions to the gods, music and the dance." Bob Chilcott
Cora Voce is excited to be welcoming, as our guest artists, an ensemble of dancers from Tacoma City Ballet who will be interpreting the music through dance as the choir sings Making of the Drum by Bob Chilcott.
About Tacoma City Ballet
Founded in 1955, Tacoma City Ballet School provides excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction for dancers in the Puget Sound Region. The School offers ballet classes and professional performance opportunities for dancers who wish to pursue a professional career, as well as for those who simply enjoy dancing.
Under the direction of Miss Erin Ceragioli, a complete professional curriculum comprising the techniques of the Danish, English, French, Italian, and Russian Schools of Classical Ballet is taught while emphasizing the development of body strength, flexibility, and correct alignment or aplomb. Live piano accompaniment, in accordance with traditional classical ballet instruction, is featured with all ballet classes.
Ballet Summer Intensive - July 6th-August 14th
Tacoma City Ballet School's Annual Summer Intensive offers Advanced Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Elementary Ballet, Children's Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Contemporary Technique, and Choreography Classes, as well as the Children's Ballet Performance Workshop, and Company Ballet Performance Workshop. The Summer Intensive presents the opportunity for creative and concentrated study, immersing the dancer in ballet technique, choreography, performance technique, and etiquette.
Free Ballet Immersion - August 17th-21st
Tacoma City Ballet School offers the 3rd Annual Free Ballet Immersion Week August 17th-21st. During this week, Tacoma City Ballet School opens its doors to all dancers (Age 12-Adult) in the region. Daily Classes in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Classical Variations, Contemporary Technique, Modern Technique, Contact Improvisation, Choreography and Theater Stage Craft will be offered. Physicians of The Seattle Clinic for Performing Artists will offer Anatomy, Health, and Injury Prevention. THIS ENTIRE WEEK IS COMPLETELY FREE TO ALL DANCERS! Last year over 70 dancers participated.