Week #1: MorrisonDance and Elu Dance Company

March 17, 2016 - March 19, 2016

7:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, Gordon Square Theatre

Each year Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes the opportunity to showcase Northeast Ohio's contemporary dance companies as they premiere new work and revive celebrated performances. DanceWorks Week 1 is a double bill which features work created by MorrisonDance and Elu Dance Company (formerly Without Words Movement).

Company bios and full show descriptions are below.

Tickets: $12-30, $12 Thu


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Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ novel Till We Have Faces, this dance work follows two sisters, as they traverse the frontier of truth, trust and devotion.  In collaboration with musical artists of Ancient Path, this retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche will transport its audience into a world unknown, laying bare the human condition.

“I saw well why the gods to not speak openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean?  How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”
– C.S Lewis Till We Have Faces

Formerly known as Without Words Movement, Elu Dance Company was founded in 2012 by Mackenzie Valley and Mikaela Clark. Before founding the company, Valley and Clark had the pleasure of dancing professionally for years in Cleveland’s modern dance company, Inlet Dance Theatre, under the direction of Bill Wade, as well as working on several projects under the direction of Dianne McIntyre. As Valley and Clark worked together in Inlet, they discovered a common passion to create and were drawn to similar aesthetics and a desire to portray the human spirit. Thus, they embarked on exploring their own choreographic voice in 2008.


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Chilean Flamingos dance in private, Capuchin Monkeys reject unequal pay, Peacock Spiders use “jazz hands,” and that all too elusive animal group – humans – well, they have introspection. Animal behavior has often been studied to try to gain a greater understanding of humans, and in this collection of short dances, MorrisonDance creators will use introspection, humor and clever interpretations to explore some of the theories of animal (and human) behavior through the art of movement.

HUManIMALS performers and creators include Amanda Clark, MaryPat Dorr, Jenni Hankey, Taliesin Reid Haugh, Anthony Jamison, Sarah Morrison, and Dana Wasielewski.

MorrisonDance is a small company of performers and creators from a variety of movement backgrounds who come together to synergistically create dance that eludes classification.  Under the direction of Sarah Morrison (M.A. Psychology, B.A. Theater Arts), the performers contribute creatively to the process of development, contributing to a never-ending evolution of visually kinetic creations often inspired by nature, science, and other cross-disciplinary themes.  MorrisonDance has collaborated with organizations such as NASA, BrainMaster, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and the Center for Arts Inspired Learning. Their innovative explorations have been supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC), the Puffin Foundation (NJ), the Ohio Arts Council, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

HUManIMALS is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


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