posted May 7, 2008

Men Dance Michigan to Perform at Knickerbocker

dANCEpROjECt will again present "Men Dance Michigan" at Hope College for two evenings at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, at 8 p.m.

Now in its second year, "Men Dance Michigan" presents the works of male choreographers who live, work and create dance in the State of Michigan. The showcase concerts feature the talent and unique vision of male choreographers from around the state and encourage them to remain in Michigan as artists, performers, educators and role models.

The concert will feature several participants. Peter Sparling of Ann Arbor will present "Le Fils des Etoiles," which premiered at the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival and was conceived on the shores of Lake Michigan as a paean to nature. Shawn Bible of Oak Park will present "Leftovers" for a quartet of women coping with loss and the past and "You Look Like You Got Stepped On,"an awkward and physically odd look at first love. Philip Leete of Traverse City will present the lyric ensemble piece "Escalation," a journey that reveals the stranger that lives inside us. Joshua Cummings of Petoskey will present "The Hidden Day,"a moving landscape of time and images. Steven Rodriguez of Holland will present "Ravenous Vine and the Split Glutton," a collaborative work between a dancer and musician working in parallel. Aiden Feldman of Ann Arbor will present "Life Line,"a manipulation and interaction with the environment, and "All Growed Up,"a solo that is part humorous and part video. Michael Kaffka of Holland will present his street-smart version of "Singin' in the Rain."

Both evenings will include a post-performance discussion session where audience members have a chance to ask questions and offer feedback about what they saw and heard.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for regular admission, $5 for senior citizens and students, and free for children under 12, and are on sale at the ticket office in the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Tickets will also be sold at the door. All seating is general seating, and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m. on the two concert evenings.

The ticket office is in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.