Winter Dance Concert poses big questions

Publication Date
Colliding Shadows Winter Dance Concert

This year’s Winter Dance Concert, Colliding Shadows, was inspired by George Orwell’s mid-century dystopian novel, “1984.”

“It looks at changes that occur through loss, conflicts and the driving forces of activism,” says Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet. “Values are transformed, social divisions are prominent, and political power is challenged.”

Performances are Wednesday, March 6, through Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinée at 2 p.m., in the Yulman Theater.

Directed by Moutillet, the production is structured around a number of creative scenes.

“The stage will be a no-man’s-land, a dreamlike state where 25 dancers will explore notions of chaos, solidarity and discontentment as well as revolutionary thoughts and strength found in unity,” Moutillet says.

She adds that Colliding Shadows will pose powerful questions: How is technology shaping the millennium? How is daily life scrutinized? Are we under omnipresent surveillance? And what do we truly own?

Those contributing include Charles Batson, professor of French; Dance Program Coordinator Laurie Zabele Cawley; and student choreographers Madison Altman ’20, Shyan Brown ’19, Carly Cherches ’19, Sydney DeCesare ’19 and Danielle Pinney ’20.

Tunics are designed by Brittney Belz to show off each dancer’s uniqueness. Andrew Mannion’s stage design creates a timeless place, and lighting by Robert Bovard sculpts the moving bodies to highlight the sense of transformation.

Tickets, on sale at the Yulman Theater Box Office, are $7 with a Union ID and $10 for the general public. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call (518) 388-6545.