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Messages in the moving body

Dancer and choreographer Nic Lincolns piece in Snapshots is inspired by his female friendships and tackles society’s perceptions of women.
Dancer and choreographer Nic Lincolns piece in Snapshots is inspired by his female friendships and tackles society’s perceptions of women.
(courtesy of) The OShaughnessy

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:

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.

Additionally, Target Corporation has provided $30,000 to support school programs during this O'Shaughnessy dance season.

“To celebrate our 25 years of dance, we decided to commission some work that was oriented to the mission of the University — that spoke specifically to questions of social awareness and that resonated with our focus on women,” Greig explains.

A call went out this summer to Twin Cities dance professions for new and original works.

““I was very happily surprised at the number of submissions and the quality we received,” Greig says. “The four pieces we ended up selecting for ‘Snapshots’ have such breadth,’ she says. “There are solo pieces and pieces with a whole troupe of dancers. One performance even has a pianist from New York City. Another will have an artist creating fine art on stage.”

Tickets for “Snapshots: Reflections of Women” $20 ($10 for students and seniors); to purchase or for more information about this show or tickets to the other shows, call 651-690-6700.

“’Snapshots’ is also our way of giving some rising stars an opportunity to launch themselves into the next tier in their career,” Greig adds.

Sep. 17, 2010 by Pauline Oo

See also: Arts