Éowyn Emerald Barrett has made a name for herself in the Northwest dance world as an edgy choreographer.
o What: Eowyn Emerald & Dancers.
o When: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5.
o Where: BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave., Portland.
o Tickets: $10 online or at the door.
o On the Web: Eowyn’s website.
When she was an eighth-grade student at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, she won her first choreography competition, the Weiler Choreography Award, for her piece “Further Away.” It was set to the music of Nine Inch Nails. Edgy? Yes, especially considering that many of the entries were serene, classical ballet numbers.
“I was shocked that I won,” Barrett recalled. “My mother was probably thinking, ‘Oh, gosh! Nine Inch Nails!'”
Now a professional choreographer, Barrett, 27, is unveiling three new pieces on Oct. 5 at the BodyVox Dance Center in Portland in an all-new program called Éowyn Emerald & Dancers.
Barrett choreographs under the name Éowyn Emerald. Her full name is Éowyn Emerald Elizabeth Barrett. She’s named after Éowyn, a gutsy noblewoman in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels. The name fits.