Dance company to perform in Moses Lake Friday

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Courtesy photo Rainbow Dance Theater will present ‘Illumidance,’ which uses electroluminescent wire, fiber optic fabric, black light and other special effects, Friday night at the Wallenstien Theater.

MOSES LAKE — A Portland-area dance company will tell the story of life on Earth with the help of light and motion-tracking technology Friday night. The curtain goes up on “Illumidance,” at 7 p.m. on the Wallenstien Theater on the Big Bend Community College campus. “Illumidance” is the season finale for the 41st season of Columbia Basin Allied Arts.

The Rainbow Dance Theatre uses technology to tell its story — electroluminescent wire, fiber optic fabric, black light and other special effects. The company features human dancers, puppets, an animated backdrop and a pitch-black stage.

“Viewers are immersed in an undersea world where creatures appear to float, swim and dance through the dark water,” according to the company’s website. “As the dance progresses mysterious land animals appear.” Two and sometimes three dancers “work together to form one fantastic creature.” The company uses a mix of music as accompaniment, from classical music to west African drums.

The dancers use proprietary computer technology as well; the computer, “synched to a music score featuring classical, tango and modern music techniques, ‘talks’ to the light-wired costumes, sets, puppets and props.”

The eight-person company was founded in Hawaii in 1991 and moved to the Portland area in 2000. The company has toured the world, appearing in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico as well as the U.S.

Ticket prices depend on seat location; tickets can be purchased on the CBAA website, www.cba-arts.org.

The 2017-18 season is the 41st for CBAA, which has a goal of bringing performance art — whether it’s music, dance or theater — to the Columbia Basin. Allied arts sponsors two different performance series, the Green Turtle performances for families and children, and the Premiere series, focused toward adults.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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