Whitman dancers present 'More Gory Gorey'

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Whitman Dance Theater, directed by Vicki Lloid, will present "More Gory Gorey and other dances" 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., Whitman College campus. Admission is free.

"More Gory Gorey" includes Edward Gorey's short narrative "The Gilded Bat," the tale of a doomed ballerina and her glorious and somewhat dreary life as the celebrity of her age.

Todd Oleson plays Edward Gorey. Whitman senior Lauren Bolkovatz plays Maudie Splaytoes, a character very loosely based on Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

The cast of 23 Whitman students play various parts -- including the mysterious Baron, the tutu fetishist Serge and the great and glorious Plastikoff.

"Gashlycrumb Tinies," the other Edward Gorey offering, features soprano McKenna Milici and is performed by six dancers in an athletic and tightly timed ensemble of silliness.

Guest choreographer Sebastian Grubb, from San Francisco, has put together a collaborative work called "About Me."

Student choregraphers Nick Chow and Dave McGaughey round out the evening.

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