MaDaCol Celebrates 30th Anniversary

More than 50 Case Western Reserve University graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and community members will restage some favorite dances from the past to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Case Western Reserve’s Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol), founded in 1984.

MaDaCol 30th Anniversary runs Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. All performances take place at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Rd., on the university campus.

The celebration features four restaged works highlighting some of MaDaCol’s finest moments, beginning withJanet Meskin’s 1984 work Scandals. Also returning to the Mather Dance Center stage are Kathleen Kohatsu’s Waterwheel, choreographed in 2002, and MingMing Liu’s 2006 work Red Fan My Way. The concert will close with the return of Karina Browne’s Victory of the Feet from the 2012-13 season.

Scandals, the first dance created for the ensemble by Meskin, later became the de facto name for the ensemble that was later renamed MaDaCol.

Meskin’s goal with the Scandals ensemble was to produce 30-minute mini-concerts for large groups with an interest in performing humorous works and having fun dancing. Meskin directed the group for four years before moving to California.

Scandals, the dance, is set to three timeless songs: Doin’ The New Low-Down by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Moanin’ Low by Libby Holman and Carmen Miranda’s South American Way. The 2014 cast of 12 dancers shares in the fun and joy of the initial spirit that is at the root of this enduring ensemble.

The concert continues with a restaging of Kohatsu’s Waterwheel (2002), set to music by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass. Kohatsu’s choreography manifests the image of the waterwheel and the continuous energy it provides.

Red Fan My Way (2006) by Liu draws upon her roots in traditional Asian dance and gave her the opportunity to experiment with the integration of Chinese classical dance and western theatrical forms.

Browne’s work, Victory of the Feet (2013), is set to the Vitamin String Quartet’s renditions of the popular Queen songs: We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and We Are the Champions. The dance transports the audience from stage to the arena through the comical portrayals of the rivalry between the jocks and the nerdy underdogs in a battle of dodgeball.

Also featured is senior dance major Eve Lanyi’s capstone work, inspired by the book Walls by Marcello de Cintio. This new piece for seven dancers is set to the music of Astor Piazzolla and explores some dynamics between individuals and groups of people.

No reservations are needed. Tickets are $5 at the door before each performance. Visit for information.


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