The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will present the spring production of MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective), featuring the works of Carrie Langguth, Karen Opper, and Rachel Stoneking. In addition, Christina Coppel will be presenting her senior capstone project on this program. MaDaCol is a student organization that offers an important creative outlet for CWRU undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and Greater Cleveland community members. The performances will be April 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and April 22 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Mather Dance Center
On the Program: Senior Christina Coppel is presenting her capstone dance, Cascading Drift, to be performed by a cast of five undergraduate dancers. Adopted from a previous choreographic project, Coppel’s original inspiration was the flowing movements of water. Set to four movements from a larger work composed by John Metcalfe, the choreography shifts smoothly between solos, quartets, duets and a closing quintet.
Carrie Langguth has set her new composition to a score by Dmitri Shostakovich. Langguth’s new work explores dynamic differences in movement that provide drastic changes and bursts in energy. Lighting designs will be a collaborative effort between Langguth and Brad Petot to create an atmosphere of power and strength.
Crooked, choreographed by Karen Opper, is a fantastical journey filled with vibrant movement to compliment the music Omphalo Centric Lecture performed by Michael Askill. The dance is an exploration of spatial elements, body shapes and configurations that privide the foundation of the work. Opper’s choreographic vision is filled with spirited movement inspired by the quote “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of places.” She will also be working with Brad Petot, creating a light design that compliments the energies of the music and movement.
In her untitled work, choreographer Rachel Stoneking takes inspiration from observed patterns of human behavior. Stoneking explores the damage one does to another through the pursuit of power and the potential for healing once destructive facades begin to break down.
Tickets and Location:
All performances take place at Mather Dance Center, located at 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. All tickets are $7, and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance. Reservations are not available for these performances.