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Nathan Boozer and some of the ladies of Work Dance Company. Photo by Todd Cooper.
Nathan Boozer and some of the ladies of Work Dance Company. Photo by Todd Cooper.

Work Dance Company is about to grace the Hult Center with a performance that can only be described as all-encompassing.

“We are about bringing raw and honest dance to the stage,” says choreographer and LCC dance alumnus Nathan Boozer. “This is a full-scale production. It’s theatrical and high energy.”

Nightlife!, a show touting 125 dancers, 20 original pieces of choreography, video projection and an incredible music score is Eugene-based Work Dance Company’s fifth show at the Hult. The group’s last four shows have completely sold out, and it’s easy to see why this one probably will too.

“This is a huge collaboration, with guest appearances by really incredible dancers,” Boozer says.

And indeed, the lineup is pretty impressive. Kings Crew, Zapp, Dance Northwest and UO Jam Squad will be making appearances throughout the evening in what will be a production that has “no slow pieces.”

The jazz, funk, hip hop, modern and contemporary dancers on stage will be backed by a 30-by-40-foot video screen showing the videography of Boozer and Ryan King. A series of exciting props, everything from white picket fences to dry ice, will also play a role in the show. 

The theme of Nightlife! fits this energetic menagerie of dance. “This is about the feeling you get when you get off work, or when you get your paycheck,” says Boozer. “We are taking the audience through a fantasy land of nightlife, what happens when the work is over and you want to live.”

Pieces to look forward to include “Monster’s Religion,” in which dancers costumed as zombies put a new spin on what it means to be the living dead, and “Place Your Bets,” a dance riffing on the theme of gambling, set to the sound of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

Nightlife! hits the stage 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hult; $13-$15.