Random Acts of Dance Collective at Arts Walk

by Christina Butcher and Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS

Olympia Arts Walk is a celebration of the visual arts, but it’s also an opportunity to demonstrate the physicality of creativity. For the fourth year in a row, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts will host a free, public dance recital with Random Acts of Dance Collective on the mainstage. Dances featured during Arts Walk include “siSter?” and “Solar Dance,” along with evocative pieces about childbirth and senior life. RADCo is collaborating on four dances with eclectic, South Sound, musical group The Gravity Quartet, which features internationally acclaimed cellist Christina Gunn.

RADCo is a local troupe celebrating dance through community collaboration. It was founded in 1999 by Susan Gresia, Mary Nelson and two other individuals from Wild Grace Arts. The troupe holds regular workshops and public performances that feature contemporary and modern dance styles. Dancers vary greatly in age and experience, with participants as young as their early 20s and as old as their late 70s. “A lot of people in our group danced in their youth,” Gresia said. “Some of them have been in dance companies, taught at a college level or are just community folks. We have a whole range of people that come through RADCo. That’s what I love about it.” Dancers involved in RADCo studied dance and performance at Cornish College of the Performing Arts, The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington.

What: RADCo and The Gravity Quartet

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: free

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