St. Paul, Minn. – The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Stitchworks, the Spring 2015 Dance Concert, featuring original choreographic works by students and guest artist Dmitri Peskov. Performances are April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. For ticket information, go online to or call 651-696-6359.

Guest choreographer Dmitri Peskov created Last Winter Was the Coldest of Them All during an intensive rehearsal period in January. The result is a collage of various motifs that simultaneously contrast and blend together. These contradictions include hot and cold, power and intimacy, human and animal, distance and closeness. There is a feeling of melancholy, and an indirect questioning of “What is dance?”

Stitchworks is also comprised of 10 new student choreographed works, including four solos, with themes ranging from conflict and abandonment, to unification and personal strength.  Student choreographers include Cassidy Foust ’15 (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Kyoko Sakai ‘16 (Tokyo, Japan), Colleen Cilwick ‘17 (Ogden, Utah), Peace Madimutsa ‘17 (Harare, Zimbabwe), Ian Luebbers ‘17 (Downingtown, Penn.), Judy Syrkin-Nikolau ‘15 (Ames, Iowa), Molly Stark-Ragsdale ‘17 (Missoula, Mont.), and Catriona Leckie ‘17 (Pelham, N.Y.).  Senior soloists include Hector Santiago Bautista Aniceto ‘15 (Veracruz, Ver., Mexico), Katie Rank ‘15 (St. Louis, Mo.), Hana Sato ‘15 (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Laurel Thompson ‘15 (Northfield, Minn.).

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,045 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

April 7 2015

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