Dance Instructor Ethan Rome selected for Seattle International Dance Festival

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by College of Fine and Performing Arts Staff

WWU Dance Instructor Ethan Rome's piece "The Fell Tree Whispers Beyond the Forest" will be featured at the Seattle International Dance Festival on June 11. The piece originally premiered at the 2024 Dance in Concert performance at Western. The performance will feature Western Dance students.

"The Fell Tree Whispers Beyond the Forest" explores what is carried within us beyond the seen. Can the vicissitudes ingrained in our bones be reforged?

About the Seattle Dance Festival

Held annually since 2006, the Seattle Dance Festival reaches across the globe and throughout the Pacific Northwest to present contemporary dance artists who bring creativity and vitality to our community. In this rare coupling of local and global contemporary dance, Seattle residents are invited to experience the festival’s creative hotbed of world-defining dance-making.

About Ethan Rome

Ethan Pak Rome is a Korean and Norwegian choreographer based in Seattle. He blends hip-hop and martial arts into his contemporary movement. Conceptually, his work often draws on themes of identity, heritage, and philosophy. He has choreographed for KDC, Price Arts N.E.W., Intrepidus, Bridge Project, BOOST, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, and co-founded Forthun+Rome Dance Theater and the Trillium Dance Collective.


Choreography by Ethan Pak Rome

Dancers: Carme Brown, Erin Chitrin, Rachel Denney, Megan Erasmus, Maiha Haga, Arly Holzweissig, Karen Kao, Lisette Knudson, Audrey Robertson, and Sadie Robinson.

Music by Isnaj Duo, Ben Chatwin, and Jameson Nathan Jones

Costume by Jordan Trautwein, Rachel Anderson and Marie Wildfield

Lighting Design by Darren McCroom

a dancer in a patterned shirt hold a pose

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