The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce this spring’s production of MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective). Performances are April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and April 18 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
MaDaCol, one of the university’s oldest undergraduate student organizations, offers an important creative outlet for CWRU graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff and greater Cleveland community members. The performance will feature new dance works by second-year graduate students Andrea Alvarez, Jared Bendis, Ziying Cui, Yidi Lin and Richard Oaxaca, and senior dance major Abbey Hafer. More than fifty dancers from a diverse range of performance backgrounds will perform in the production.
Choreographed by Andrea Alvarez, Luminary Catalyst is a play on light. The work, with music by Terry Riley, is driven by the contrast between darkness and light and their effect on the dancers.
Chroma is a new work that explores the kinetic relationship between dancers and their environment of light and color. Choreographed by Jared Bendis, the trio of dancers don hidden technologies that aid in the creation and manipulation of the visual projections revealing an augmented visualization of this relationship.
Turn Left, Turn Right is a work by Ziying Cui showing encounters in which people may accidentally meet or miss each other. It is set to music by Franz Schubert.
Yidi Lin’s new work titled X is an abstract piece performed to music by Steve Reich.
Ascencion, choreographed by Richard Oaxaca, juxtaposes the unwelcome challenges that can be present in life with the joy that comes from the enduring support of family and friends. It is set to a music composed by Michael Harrison, featuring cello innovator Maya Beiser.
Abbey Hafer, a senior dance and art history major, has created a solo inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s famous sculpture Apollo and Daphne for her senior capstone project. The work draws dominantly on the Apollo figure from the sculpture as well as generic themes in the mythical story of Apollo and Daphne.
All performances take place at Mather Dance Center located at 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. All tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance. Early arrival is suggested due to limited seating. No reservations and no advance sales will be made.