Enjoy a selection of repertoire from innovative and expressive contemporary dance company NW Dance Project, including its moving reinvention of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel “Mrs. Dalloway,” during a performance at the Moss Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Founded in 2004 by acclaimed dancer, mentor, and choreographer Sarah Slipper in Portland, Oregon, the company has fostered the creation and premiere of over 270 original contemporary dance works to date.

The evening performance will feature “You Are All I See,” a collaborative work that premiered in 2017; “Le Fil Rouge,” which premiered in 2016; and “Woolf Papers,” a piece created by Slipper that premiered in 2011.

An outstanding model of contemporary dance that is provocative, theatrical, and deeply moving, Slipper drew inspiration for “Woolf Papers” from “Mrs. Dalloway,” a novel that takes place on a single day in June, interweaving two seemingly unconnected storylines.

“Mrs. Dalloway is a stunning example of stream of consciousness storytelling, where each scene closely tracks the momentary thoughts of a particular character,” Slipper explains in the program notes for the performance. “I was interested in exploring and developing some of Woolf’s themes and ideas. I became particularly fascinated by the overwhelming presence of the passing of time and memory in the novel and the impending fate of death for each of the characters.”

During their visit, NW Dance Project company members will lead a master class for student dancers from Virginia Tech and Radford University.

This performance is supported in part by a gift from Don and Libby Drapeau.

Founded by Slipper in 2004, NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, new contemporary dance works from established and emerging dance makers created in an open and artistically stimulating environment.

The company is committed to advancing dance education and community involvement and, in 2014, opened the Creative Center in Portland, Oregon, where company members lead dance education for adults and children through various projects, intensives, workshops, and classes, and offer opportunities for established and emerging dance makers to choreograph and refine new works.


Tickets are $25-55 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

While Virginia Tech students can always attend any Moss Arts Center performance for only $10, the center also offers free last minute rush tickets for students who sign up for text notifications. To receive these notifications, text “arts” to 31996. Availability of rush tickets vary by performance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last in the box office. Virginia Tech ID will be required for admission.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email kmcallis@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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