Dance at Case Western Reserve University opens the 2016-17 season with Thresholds


The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University opens the 2016-17 season with Thresholds. The concert includes premiere performances of Strange Gardens by Gary Galbraith, Small Talk by Shannon Sterne, as well as revisited works Triptych by Larry Keigwin and Fade to Snow and Gray by James Hansen.

Thresholds runs November 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 2:30 p.m. All performances take place at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus

About the Dance Works

Thresholds is highlighted by the return of last season’s sensational Triptych by Larry Keigwin who has been described by the New York Times as “impeccably musical … [and] physically inventive.” Since its premiere in 2009, it has only been performed by his New York based company KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) until last year when CWRU was the first ensemble to perform outside of K+C.

Fade to Snow and Gray, choreographed by James Hansen, is “inspired by Prague’s Jewish Cemetery.” According Hansen, associate professor of dance at SUNY Brockport’s department of dance, “The architecture accented by dappled light, black shadows on centuries-old layers of headstones, leaning heavily yet defying collapse, and the space’s sense of suspended calm were all essential choreographic building blocks.” Previously performed at CWRU in 2011, a new cast of graduate students brings this work to life.

Strange Gardens, choreographed by Gary Galbraith, is an imaginary journey through a terrestrial wonderland. The responsive-media infused work creates the peculiar realm in which a trio of dancers create, manipulate, and transform the space through their kinetic journey. With this project, Galbraith adds to his list of dance works that explore how dance and technology can be used to create different spaces/places and expands the range of imagistic opportunities in dance.

The new work, Small Talk, is a collaborative work conceived by assistant professor Shannon Sterne and includes original music composition by Eric Charnofsky, instructor in Department of Music. The piece also includes video art by Jared Michael Sobotka, BFA in Video and Photographic Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and set design by Brad Petot, lighting designer and technical director for Mather Dance Center. Small Talk reveals the range of discomfort and discord experienced by introverts as they journey through a world biased toward extroverts.


Ticket Information

Tickets are $7 for students with ID, $10 for adults 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Student ticket prices will not be available for the concluding performance on Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246, or online at