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Dancers explore resiliency with original work

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) will perform their original work, “Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth,” the culmination of two semesters of rigorous research, creation, and rich collaboration, in two performances on Jan. 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theater.
Under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Lida Winfield and in collaboration with guest artist Aysha Upchurch, DCM have been collaborating on the abstract, playful and poignant Warrior Work since September, using dance as a platform for personal truth-telling and bridge-building, exploring the theme of resiliency. They will travel to Boston and Montreal to tour the show, take classes, and collaborate with other dance students and professional dancers, before returning to Middlebury for their final performances.
The Dance Company of Middlebury is an advanced pre-professional dance training program open by audition to sophomores through seniors from across the curriculum.  It is a two-semester credit-bearing course.  DCM reinvents itself every year under the direction of a different dance faculty member and guest artist and offers Middlebury students the opportunity to explore collaborative, interdisciplinary and community engagement projects through dance. The Dance Company of Middlebury 2018-2019 consists of 12 dancers: Marquise Keyron Adeleye, Katherine Emily Corrigan, Ami Furgang, Caleb Anthony Green, Samantha Julia Kann, Matea Mills-Andruk, Kate Monroe, Maggie Phillips, Kaila Thomas, Martin Troska, Maduabuchukwu Udeh, and Nick Zelle. “Warrior Work” features an original musical composition by Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor and a senior, Fiona Sullivan.
Tickets to Friday and Saturday’s performances are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $8 for youth 18 and under; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more info or to reserve tickets, call 802-443-MIDD (6433) or visit go.middlebury.edu/arts.

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