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Dance concert to feature ballet, jazz, mimedance

March 2, 2014


UPDATE: The Sunday matinee is now scheduled for 2 p.m. March 9.

Audiences can expect a wide range of performances next week when the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College presents its annual Dance Company Spring Concert.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 through March 1 and March 7-8 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 2 at Macklanburg Playhouse. Ticket information.
The annual concert features works by faculty members and guest artists.
Works will include “Swimming with Sharks,” a piece by Karen Grundy, artistic/executive director of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, set to the music of Tom Andes, who is on the Stephens music faculty. 
Guest artist Karen Montanaro, a world-renowned dancer and mime artist from Maine, will showcase “mimedance,” a fusion of the two classical art forms. 
Faculty member Debra Carr has choreographed a piece, “Pondering,” featuring a cappella southern ballads, and Carol Estey, artistic director for dance at Stephens, has created a jazzy piece, “Coded,” which features the music of Radiohead and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.  
Rounding out the concert will be pieces from the classic ballet “The Firebird” featuring Kramer Pruitt ’14 and Michael Burke, a Mexico High School senior, in the male lead.
“It will be quite the show,” Estey said.
Montanaro will also be giving a mimedance lecture demonstration at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Macklanburg Playhouse. That event is free and open to the public.

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