WWU dance students present original works

Advanced choreography students from Western Washington University’s department of theater and dance present “Winter Dances,” an evening of original works, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15-18, at the WWU Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theatre.

Their works take inspiration from such diverse subjects as the African savanna, bioluminescence, a Greek hymn, and tree rings found in old-growth forests, as well as the music of Arvo Part, Kronos String Quartet and Chopin. Performances are contemporary and impressionistic, rather than a specific form, such as ballet or hip-hop.

Auditions for “Winter Dances” take place in the fall, with rehearsals into the winter. The annual event is part of the only bachelor’s of fine art dance program in Washington.

Tickets are $15, or $8 for Western students and for people 18 and under, available at tickets.wwu.edu and 360-650-6146.