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St Paul, Minn. – The Macalester Theatre and Dance Department presents its 2018 Spring Dance Concert, Perennial, featuring original choreography by students and guest choreographer, Michel Kouakou, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm, and additionally on Saturday at 2pm. All performances will take place in the Frey Theatre at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, Minn. 55105. To reserve tickets, contact the Macalester Box Office at 651-696-6359, boxoffice@macalester.edu, or online at macalester.edu/boxoffice.

Perennial will explore, through the creative interpretation of all choreographers, a theme of enduring or continually recurring.

The following seniors’ work is featured in the concert:

  • Holley Carlson-Riddle’s work is a ballet, Once, There Was Nothing, set to Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins in D Major.
  • Karin Davey and Shaylene McCue’s A Monstrous Regiment of Women is a lively, jazzy number featuring a dinner party of women serving up murder.
  • Miranda Harris’s creation is a fusion of modern and hip-hop, titled Essential Movement or A Fundamental Dance, portraying the fluidity, chaos, and movement that occurs inside a living cell.
  • Meghan Johnson is presenting a four-piece film dance titled Phases. The style is contemporary/modern.
  • Rachel Lieberman and Maya Swope have choreographed Should Haves and Could Haves, about regret and frustration, fondness and nostalgia, and the shifting of memories over time.
  • Hannah Silverman’s piece is called You Can Close Your Eyes and explores how the anxieties of fast-paced, day-to-day life can manifest themselves in our sleep and keep us from getting the rest we need.

The following juniors’ work is featured in the concert:

  • Claire Grace has created Some Strange Happening, about loss, and the grief, guilt, and anxiety that can accompany it.
  • Grace Lan’s At a Junction of Ecstasies, inspired by the recent fever of hip hop culture in China, explores different feelings of excitement in hip hop and Chinese classical dance and tries to create an interaction between them.
  • Megan Maguire’s work combines elements from various styles of dance including modern, contemporary, and jazz and is titled Embodiment of Us.  It’s meant to express the complex experience of being human.
  • Kasia Majewski’s work is titled It explores the contradiction between the nostalgia and regret we feel but cannot always separate when we look back at our past.

Guest choreographer Michel Kouakou believes “dance can come from anywhere, and be anywhere.” Fluent in the language of dance on four continents, he draws inspiration for his technique from the aesthetic traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. Since 2003, he has been artistic director of Daara Dance, and has presented his choreography internationally in Britain, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, the Czech Republic, France, Holland, Israel, and Italy. He pursues his long-term goal of building an “artistic bridge” between his origins in Cote d’Ivoire and the United States.

March 30 2018

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