Hope College dance affiliate StrikeTime Dance Company will present a live dance event for children on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free although advance tickets are recommended.

All of the works on the program have been inspired by visual-art pieces.  Dances presented will include “The Art of Degas,” choreographed by 2010 Hope graduate Alissa Tollefson; “The Harvest,” choreographed by 2001 Hope graduate Amy Bickley; and “Color and Form,” a special video performance of dancers creating in a park. Collaborators for “Color and Form” included Angie Yetzke of the Hope dance faculty, Carrie Morris of the Grand Valley State University dance faculty and StrikeTime dancers.

The highlight of the concert will be “Kandinsky’s Symphony,” an original work by StrikeTime director Nicole Flinn of the Hope faculty and dancers, inspired by artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), subject of the children’s book “The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art” by Barb Rosenstock with illustrations by Mary Grandpre. 

“Kandinsky’s Symphonty” is linked to a special outreach effort between StrikeTime Dance and the Zeeland elementary art program, in which third graders learned about Kandinsky through literature and art experiences. Inspired by Kandinsky, the students explored their own creativity through artistic processes. Their artwork will be displayed during the performances. These students will also attend a special matinee performance on Friday, Jan. 13. Support for this outreach experience was provided by the Hope College Patrons for the Arts.

The free tickets are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.  Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.