Malashock Dance Brings Its Exciting Choreography To A&I April 1

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Dynamic, emotionally charged choreography executed by magnificently trained dancers is the signature of the Malashock Dance Co., coming to the Arts & Issues stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, on the main stage in Katherine Dunham Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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A few of the highlights will include excerpts from artistic director John Malashock’s critically-acclaimed work, Shadow of Mercy, the male duet from Malashock’s After Dust, as well Mizerany’s Wayward Glances, an audience favorite.

Dynamic, emotionally charged choreography executed by magnificently trained dancers is the signature of the Malashock Dance Co., coming to the Arts & Issues stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, on the main stage in Katherine Dunham Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The troupe’s repertoire includes original works that have mesmerized audiences and epic works that have interpreted human struggles, with charming and intimate, often playful, pieces that convey the intricacies of relationships. Michael Mizerany, a product of the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, is the group’s associate artistic director.

Arts & Issues series Director Grant Andree says he is looking forward to welcoming the dance troupe as well as Mizerany, who has returned to SIUE on several occasions to speak to dance students and teach master classes. “It will be great to welcome back Michael to his alma mater but also we’ll be showcasing the excitement that is Malashock,” Andree said.

“Over the years, Arts & Issues has featured several dance companies but this one will have an added dimension. With Mike’s presence,” Andree pointed out, “considering his contributions to the group, the spotlight also will shine on SIUE’s excellent dance program.”

The concert will offer works that are both physically challenging and emotionally exhilarating. A few of the highlights will include excerpts from artistic director John Malashock’s critically-acclaimed work, Shadow of Mercy, the male duet from Malashock’s After Dust, as well Mizerany’s Wayward Glances, an audience favorite.    
Shadow of Mercy is Malashock’s critically-acclaimed production set to the lyrical masterpieces of internationally-renowned songwriter Leonard Cohen. This poetic and powerful performance blends the dark and humorous lyrics of Cohen with the provocative and deeply human choreography of the Emmy winner Malashock. This work showcases powerful movement, exquisite partnering and dramatic artistry that are his signature elements.

Malashock, who founded his dance company in 1988, brings 35 years experience in the fields of dance and theater including a distinguished performance career with Twyla Tharp Dance Co. As artistic director for Malashock, he has created nearly 60 choreographic works. In addition to Tharp, Malashock’s performance career includes work with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre and distinguished choreographers such as Lar Lubovitch, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle and Jennifer Muller.

With Tharp he appeared in pieces worldwide, was featured in numerous television specials (Dance in America, The Catherine Wheel, Twyla Tharp Scrapbook), appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus and performed in benefit concerts with Baryshnikov and Cynthia Gregory.

Tickets for Malashock Dance are $27; SIUE employees and retirees, as well as all senior citizens, $25; SIUE students, $13. Ticket information, subscription rates and ticket sales are available on the Web site: artsandissues.com, or by calling (618) 650-5774.

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The next Arts and Issues series appearance will be:
Arts & Issues and the SIUE Jazz Festival Present
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes—Saturday, May 1, 2010,
7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
The legendary big band jazz of the Count Basie Orchestra—the sound that has helped the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett swing to an exciting beat—takes center stage for the Arts & Issues series. The group has won every musical award imaginable, including 17 Grammies, and has been named to every respected jazz poll in the world at least once. The appearance will be part of the SIUE Jazz Festival, presented by the Department of Music as a non-competitive, educational event celebrating the music that is America’s art form—jazz.

Each year, under the guidance of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, the Arts & Issues series brings some of the best and brightest performers and speakers from around the world to Southwestern Illinois audiences for entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on the SIUE campus.

The SIUE College of Arts and Sciences combines foundational education with diverse and highly-specialized coursework. Faculty help students explore diversity of ideas, experiences and people while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of a global society. The College offers degree programs in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized public university offering a broad choice of degrees and programs ranging from career-oriented fields of study to the essential, more traditional, liberal arts. At SIUE we offer 44 baccalaureate degrees, 13 post-baccalaureate certificates, 47 master's degrees, 11 post- master's certificates, two first-professional degrees, and one post-first professional certificate. Known for an emphasis in health science education, SIUE offers a nursing school, pharmacy school and dental school. In addition, undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates are available in engineering, business, elementary education and secondary education.

SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the low tuition rates of a state university. Our emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. Located in the second most populated area of the state, this Illinois university draws students from all 102 Illinois counties, 42 states and 50 nations.

One of 12 Illinois colleges and universities, SIUE is located on 2,600 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in Edwardsville, just 25 miles from St. Louis, a major metropolitan area. Proximity to the St. Louis area enhances SIUE’s energy and vitality. The campus is easily accessed from several major interstates, while the city of Edwardsville offers ample opportunity for jobs, entertainment, shopping and fun.

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