Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company presents Perspectives, a captivating performance of contemporary dance, comic visual storytelling, ballet, and Latin social dance. Up-and-coming college performers under the direction of Eryn Schon-Brunner are excited to be performing again on the CVPA Theatre stage after a two-year hiatus. Dancers will bring to life new choreographic works by local and nationally esteemed choreographers: Stefan Haves, Trudy McCreanor, Devon Near, Kara Starkweather, Paloma Rodriguez, and Eryn Schon-Brunner and features costumes by Kathy Katz. Performances are November 18-20, in Mendocino College’s Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus.
Mendocino College Repertory dancers are asked by Paloma Rodriguez to reexamine the meaning and nuance of a physical embrace after years of social distancing in, Acceptance. While the Cirque choreographer Stefan Haves offers comedic twists on Xmas Ex’s and condiments. Haves describes his work as ‘visual storytelling.’
Devon Near is a teaching and performing artist currently based in Fort Bragg, California. Her sassy work brings the party to the stage in “Fiesta Lambada.” And Eryn Schon Brunner’s work, /ˈkae̯.kus/ explores the many facets of blindness, asking the dancers to move through obstructions and with limited physical sight. Brunner says,” /ˈkae̯.kus/ was born from a discussion about what it means to be blind— physically, figuratively, socially, politically, and emotionally—and why certain people, communities, governments, etc. often choose to be blind to reality.”
Mendocino Ballet dancers join the Mendocino College Repertory dancers in two works: a traditional, contemporary ballet, by Trudy McCreanor, and a contemporary dance work by Eryn Schon-Brunner, focusing on owning a moment of self within a group. Returning guest artist -Mendocino Dance Project director Kara Starkweather, asks the dancers to explore through movement the similar day-to-day experiences we share as humans moving through this busy world in Merge.
Perspectives will run for one weekend only. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 20, at 2 PM. Tickets: $15 general; $10 for Students. Advanced Tickets are available at Mendocino Book Company and online at www.artsmendocino.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, CPVA Theatre, Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482 Call (707) 468-3079 for more information or visit www.mendocino.edu/dance. Get your tickets today!