You can view the price of admission to the Bumbershoot festival in one of two ways:

1. It’s expensive.

2. For the price of a couple of shows you can see several world class performances by dance troupes and attend numerous comedy and theater shows. You get an entire film festival, author readings and panel discussions. Throw in a bicycle rodeo, the Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show and things just for kids, including Caspar Babypants and Radio Disney. Oh, and of course, there’s music. Lots and lots of music.

Basically, Bumbershoot is a ten for one kind of deal.

The Can Can Castaways
The Can Can Castaways

The Bagley Wright Theater offers its stage for several dance performances over the three day Bumbershoot weekend. You can get the complete schedule online. Here are some highlights:

Can Can Castaways
Saturday, September 4, 8:00 pm
“The Can Can Castaways will keep you on the edge of your seat in a show bursting with rocket rides, albino tigers, ponies, and original, inventive dance.”

AXIS Dance Company
Saturday, September 4, 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 5, 1:00 pm
Monday, September 6, 8:00 pm
“…one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. Their performances will forever change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body.”

Saturday, September 4, 1:00 pm
“Weaving delicate metaphor with jaw dropping spectacle, RICOCHET is known for their distinct combination of poetic acrobatics and compelling characters.”

Arts Corps Presents
Sunday, September 5, 3:30 pm
“The show is a synthesis of hip-hop, singer/songwriters, break dancers, and live percussion, highlighting professional teaching artists, their collaborators, and standout students.”

605 Collective
Sunday, September 5, 6:00 pm
“The 605 Collective’s meld of urban and contemporary dance has created an exciting, highly athletic new art form that captivates audiences.”

The 2010 Bumbershoot festival is held on the grounds and in the buildings of the Seattle Center during Labor Day weekend, September 4th – 6th.

Culture 2010 Bumbershoot: Dance