Dani Tirrell

Black Bois
Apr 26 - 29, 2018

$23 | $30 Week of • BUY TICKETS Merrill Wright Mainstage

Thu, Apr 26–Sat, Apr 28 at 8 pm
Sun, Apr 29 at 5 pm

Tickets for all performances are sold out online. A wait list will be started by the Lobby Box Office one hour before showtime; must be present in person to sign up

Enter a world where Black bodies tell their own stories. Where Black love and Black expression prevail. A world where Black stories heal, grow, and transform the lives they touch. Featuring live music, collaboration with a large cast of local artists/performers, and installations, this performance project celebrates Black bodies in space and an emotional engagement with movement. Black Bois is a love letter to Black bodies, minds, and spirits.

Artist Dani Tirrell writes, “This dance piece, created with original music by Benjamin Hunter and written word by J Mase III, is a ceremony to our ancestors, and a thanksgiving to our past, present, and future. It is a love letter to our bodies, our spirits, and our minds. This is the story of our fathers, brothers, lovers, and friends. A healing space, a space to process, a space to love, a space to create and be. We welcome you!”


Related Programs

Thu, Apr 26
Studio Supper with Lillian Hill (Brown Sugar Baking Company)
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Fri, Apr 27
Post-show conversation with Dani Tirrell.

Sat, Apr 28
WTFJH? Saturdays: After the show the lobby and FUBAR will be open so audience members can connect and talk about the performance.

Sun, Apr 29
-Post-show conversation with Dani Tirrell.
-Onsite workshop/childcare with Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts (Studio Theater). The theme of the Apr 29 workshop is DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION; kids will play games and explore different ways of moving to music. (Must reserve in advance; if this is your first time purchasing childcare, you can see the show for free! Learn more)


Dani Tirrell creates movement pieces inspired by Dani’s queer, gender non-conforming, and black experience. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company and Dani Tirrell Dance Theater. Dani has performed and shown work at Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumbershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase, Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum, and Erased (Color Lines Dance Ensemble) as part of Nights at the Neptune (Neptune Theater, Seattle).  


Black Bois is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and by an artist grant from 4Culture. It was developed at On the Boards through the Performance Production Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. This performance is also funded by ArtsWA.