Messages in the moving body
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines dance as “a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.” But dance is more than that. It’s many things to many people. It’s a way to tell a story. It’s a form of exercise. It’s entertainment, a form of escape from the real world.
Beginning Sept. 17, the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University will serve up dance that stirs thought and discussion. “Body Enlightened” is the theme or name or this 25th dance season. (This is the first time the auditorium has named its dance season.)
“We’ll be presenting a wide range of dance styles this year — contemporary, Indian classical, ballet and hip hop — and the common thread is that these pieces are about enlightenment,” Brandie Greig, O’Shaughnessy manager. “You will be enlightened, you will leave with something to think and talk about.”
Two other new features this 2010–11 dance season:
- St. Kate’s specially commissioned four dance pieces to celebrate its anniversary. “Snapshots: Reflections of Women” opens the season (Sept. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m) with works related to or inspired by pioneering women.
- O'Shaughnessy is offering a subscription series. Tickets to all five shows — Snapshots and performances by James Sewell Ballet (October), Katha Dance Theatre (October), Tu Dance (November) and Ragmala Dance (March) — are $99 for adults and $60 for children.
In the news
In the St. Paul PIoneer Press, Linda Shapiro previews some shows from dance season: "11 shows to keep you in step."
In the Star Tribune, Caroline Palmer previews Snapshots in “Dance spotlight.”
See also: Arts