Culture Connect Featured Event

14th Annual DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance
Ticket Price: $28 general public; $23 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students

The DanceMasters Showcase Performance will feature dancers and choreography from three outstanding companies, ranging from modern dance to ballet and Latin:

 Known as the "punk ballerina," celebrated director and choreographer Karole Armitage founded the New York-based company Armitage Gone! Dance in 2004. Her interests over the past four decades have been wide-ranging, from the ballet and modern dance of George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham to work as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, as well as on Broadway. This is the first Connecticut appearance by Armitage Gone! Dance.

 "[Karole Armitage] is always pushing the limits of possibility, spectacularly deconstructing the body with a diabolic flair. Dance that explodes in every sense, dazzles the eye and remains vividly imprinted in your memory."—Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris)

Under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro since 2009, Manhattan's Ballet Hispanico reflects, explores, and expands the essence of the diaspora of Latino cultures. In addition to the refreshingly contemporary choreography of Mr. Vilaro, the company's innovative repertory over the past 43 years has included commissioned works by Talley Beatty, Ronald K. Brown, and Susan Marshall.

"Ballet Hispanico's dancers deftly integrate hip-shakes, undulating torsos and the whip-crack releases of social dance, mixing them with ballet arabesques, and with floor work and expressionist gestures from modern dance."—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC/Dance (originally the Oberlin Dance Collective) relocated from Ohio to San Francisco in 1976. The company is known for their exuberance and fearlessness, as well as their narrative content in avant-garde dance. Numerous groundbreaking works have included collaborations with Rinde Eckert, Bill Irwin, Robin Williams, and Eleanor Coppola.

"[ODC/Dance has] such clarity of vision and delicate, quiet choreography, the dancers were no longer dancing, but flying."—San Francisco Examiner