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Danceworks 2014 Presents HOT BUTTONS at Northwestern University, Now thru 3/9

Danceworks 2014 Presents HOT BUTTONS at Northwestern University, Now thru 3/9

Danceworks 2014: "HOT BUTTONS," a rich tapestry of contemporary and modern dance forms, will be presented at Northwestern University from tonight, Feb. 28 through March 9.

Featuring original choreography created by the School of Communication's renowned dance faculty and guest teachers, the upcoming event was inspired by the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University's stage adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" earlier this season.

Part of TIC's mainstage season, Danceworks 2014: "HOT BUTTONS" will tackle society's "hot button" issues -- from manners, mannerisms and body types to attitudes about gender and sexuality.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28; 8 p.m., Saturday, March 1; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2; 7:30pm, Thursday, March 6; 8 p.m., Friday, March 7; 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8; and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9, at the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

This year's featured choreographers are Emma Draves, Jeff Hancock, Sarah Edgar, Lizzie Leopold, Amanda Lower, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Laura Wade. The works will be performed by Northwestern student dancers.

"This will be a thoughtfully choreographed, beautifully danced evening," says Susan A. Lee, Northwestern dance program coordinator and Danceworks 2014 artistic director. "It includes a revival of a Danceworks favorite, several premieres and live music."

Pre-show conversations about the danceworks with Lee will take place at the start of the Feb. 28, March 2 and March 6 performances.

Danceworks 2014: "Hot Buttons" seven dances will include:

• "Passe," choreographed by Sarah Edgar, explores the public and private body and pairs the music of French composer Marin Marais, performed live on instruments of the period, with dancers who are doing their best to conform their bodies to baroque rules of decorum. The private body, however, constantly breaks through to the surface, attesting to the difficulties of hiding beneath the polished veneer of etiquette and manners.


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