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Barbara Laskin
651-696-6203

Macalester College Presents Dance Concert “DoubleTake”

Jerry Crawford and Paddy O’Prado

Jacques Heim, Artistic Director of Diavolo, leading the UST and Macalester dancers through the piece’s choreography during one of the intensive dance rehearsals. photo credit: Amy C. Miller


April 26, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn. The work of 12 student choreographers and an original piece by Diavolo Dance Theater will be presented at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., April 30 and May 1 and 2 p.m., May 2. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

What happens when you take a second look? What complexities lie beneath the surface? This student-produced concert takes dance through a variety of styles, genres, and issues, often spanning categories and hitting multiple emotional notes. In the duet by Faith Kwon ’10 (Los Angeles) lovers fiercely battle for dominance but take pleasure in their violent routine. The dolls in the dance by Alex Barnard ’12 (Golden Valley, Minn.) seem to resemble Barbie until they begin their quirky pop jazz movements. Anniki Witter ’11 (Kingston, Jamaica) honors the strength and style of women as they display their plumage for a night on the town, while Susana Hostetter ’10 (Chicago) and Laina Copley ’10 (Santa Cruz, Calif.) take on a different kind of strut as they explore the lyrics of pop songs and the power of words to inform our minds and bodies. Stephanie Stoumbelis ’10 (Devens, Mass.) delves into themes of intimacy, illumination, and exposure in her piece, in which the lighting is entirely controlled by the dancers. In a new collaboration, even Macalester’s hip-hop and Irish dance groups tie genres across time, space, and culture with a surprising Irish hip-hop.

The concert also features the professional work of Diavolo Dance Theater in the structural spectacle, “Anatomy of Solitude.” This piece, sponsored by the Ordway’s Campus Connections program, is the result of a unique collaboration among Diavolo Dance Theater (Los Angeles), the University of St. Thomas Engineering Department, the Macalester College Dance Department, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of the project is to create a positive arts experience through an interdisciplinary collaboration between students in arts and non-arts fields, incorporating a set piece design by UST engineering students, a cast of 20 Macalester and UST dancers, and choreography by Jacques Heim, artistic director of Diavolo.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement. For more information, visit macalester.edu.