St. Paul, Minn. - The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Bodies in the Balance, the 2016 Fall Dance Concert, featuring original choreography by students and faculty. Performances are December 2 at 7:30 pm and December 3 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. For ticket information, go online to macalester.edu/boxoffice or call 651-696-6359.

Faculty works include Patricia Brown’s Stimela (Coal Train) set to music by Hugh Masekela. Jill Lile’s Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G Minor is performed to music by J. S. Bach and looks at the shared emotional experience of an audience viewing a dance. Krista Langberg’s quintet, like a stone, explores ways in which we set and reset, multi-task, come together and apart. Brian J. Evan’s Fire Underwater investigates how individual expression can be suffocated by larger forces of society.

Student works include Sophia Hill’s ‘18 solo for Yuri Smith ‘18 which explores Asian community responses to black shootings and targeted violence. This solo investigates internal and external labor involved in educating our own communities about the systems in place seeking to divide and silence. Claire Grace’s ‘19 Hustler’s Heart brings each dancer’s story to light in a portrayal of lost innocence, heartbreak, and disillusionment with love. Catriona Leckie’s ‘17 piece To Earth Returned explores themes of memory and the ways in which we interact with it. Maya Swope ‘18 and Karin Davey’s ‘18 A Gust of Breath aims to find quiet beauty and brilliance in small wonders. Nteranya Arnold Sanginga’s ‘19 Caged Freequency engages one question: Are you free or are you made to believe that you are? Peace Madimutsa’s ‘17 dance explores individual personalities through their history and experiences, highlighting the role of stereotypes and prejudice brought upon us by society. Niara Williams ‘18 focuses her work on Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of the late Philando Castille. In congruence with the season theme of labor, Diamond’s own narrative shows us the labor of those left behind.

 

 

November 9 2016

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