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“IGNITION!” by DA Dance — 7:30pm July 18, 2015

Denise1219-402DA Dance presents


Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 PM

Doors open at 6:30

Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Students
Available at Crossings 507-732-7616 beginning June 15

A story-telling dance journey that is both uplifting and thought provoking.

This 60 minute performance told through text and dance is choreographed by award-winning dance veteran Denise Armstead and gives witness to how we humans ignite each other to overcome our difficulties. 

Moving in rhythm to the locally recorded music of Native American Etsi Shoen and the eclectic musician, Beck, the common threads of body language, communication and emotion are illustrated through movement and storytelling, weaving together a very human story of the ways we interact with each other, using a unique mix of diverse and demanding dance styles. 

In the words of Dance critic Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy: “Strollers, cellphones, PEZ and stories…are all part of a very generous IGNITION.” 

Workshops held by DA Dance at the Women-of-Nations domestic violence shelter in St. Paul inspired this production. Helping these women find a way to express their frustration and pain, the dancers began to work on a piece that dealt with themes of entrapment, either physical or psychological. The struggle to ignite themselves and others to break free and release their energy gave them hope for the future.  

IGNITION is a highly suitable piece to introduce modern dance to new audiences because of its whacky humor and joyful approach to life. The story of human interactions and experiences, and the difficulties of making honest connections, reveals layers of life’s circumstances, transforms old behaviors and attitudes into a shift of consciousness. It will make you feel more alive!

Choreographed and conceived by Artistic Director Denise Armstead in collaboration with dancers Brian Evans, Gerry Girouard, and Heidi Kalweit. 

The State Theatre is located at 96 East 4th Street in Zumbrota, MN. 507-732-5210

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