March 18, 2023

Elizabeth Belyea
Bellingham Repertory Dance

Bellingham Repertory Dance presents: Gravitate

This spring, Bellingham Repertory Dance (BRD) presents Gravitate, an evening of new contemporary dance works. Gravitate explores the mysterious forces that keep us simultaneously grounded and in motion; the ways that people, places, and things have the power to forcefully propel us into orbit, or gently gather us together. Featuring choreography by Alethea Alexander, and BRD members Cecelia Handford and Juliette Machado, BRD is thrilled to return to the Firehouse Arts and Events Center for this process-driven collection of all-new works on April 14-15 and April 20-22.

Alethea Alexander’s Table Machine, inspired by Gilles Deleuze's notion of “machines” as community, is an athletic feat that investigates desire (without nostalgia or yearning), function (without apathy), urgency (free from anxiety), and fullness (without design). 

Juliette Machado’s new work investigates the relevance of play and frivolity in a productivity-obsessed world. The camp and eccentricity of Cecelia Hanford’s piece is inspired by vintage sci-fi, and informed by the wonderful messiness of BRD’s collective nature; an outgrowth of truth that is stranger than fiction.


April 14, 20, 21 at 7:30
April 15, 22 at 5:30

Firehouse Arts and Events Center (1314 Harris Ave.) For tickets and more information, visit


Bellingham Repertory Dance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering high-level community performances, contemporary dance classes, and youth workshops. Visit to learn more about BRD and how to get involved.

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