MaDaCol Spring Dance Concert

MDCS16webThe Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will present the spring MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective) concert April 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., and April 16 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 concert will feature new dance works by graduate students Tingting Zhou and Richard Oaxaca and alumna Amanda Clark (GRS ‘15, dance). Senior dance majors Karlie Budge and Emily Shelton will also present their Capstone works as a part of the program. More than fifty dancers from a diverse range of performance backgrounds will perform in the production.

Drawing on an impacting memory of a picturesque frozen river that seems to come to life when the ice begins to thaw, Zhou choreographed Zero Degrees Celsius. As the frozen river thaws and the flow of water hastens, it is like a stream of memories that burst forth and flow through, and gently breaks down the wall between reality and illusion.

Based on the story of Alice in Wonderland and set to the music of Philip Glass, Oaxaca’s new work Wander Lander follows a lone dancer as she toils to be acknowledged and accepted by others.

Clark, who completed her MFA in dance last spring, returns to CWRU with a new work, A mORAss OF ORDeR, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s 1946 painting The Tea Cup. Quirky and playful, the dance is an inquiry into chaos and chance inspired by the tornado of organized and unorganized events that pepper the choreographer’s life.

Rounding out the program will be two senior Capstone dances which will be performed both Thursday and Friday but only on the 8:30 pm performance on Saturday. These Capstone dances are the culminating projects for a dance major who focuses in performance and choreography during their undergraduate years.

Budge’s dance Pull, Whirl, Crescendo draws on composer Henry Cowell’s unique approach to music. The complete three-section work expands upon solo section “Pull,” which premiered in February 2015 in Knoxville, Tenn., with the inclusion of two dynamic group sections. 

Set to music by Kaija Saariaho, the sextet choreographed by Shelton is a partial fulfillment of a senior Capstone project in dance and is in three sections that features two trios as well as the full ensemble.

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.