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The Sheen Center Presents MORDANCE: OUR SECOND SEASON This Weekend

The Sheen Center Presents MORDANCE: OUR SECOND SEASON This Weekend

Mordance, in its mission to create modern, relevant movement which maintains the integrity of classical ballet, embarks on its second season with two world premieres by Artistic Director Morgan McEwen. The first ballet company to perform at The Sheen Center, Manhattan's newest arts venue, MORDANCE: OUR SECOND SEASON moves into the Black Box Theater for two nights only this spring, this weekend, May 17 at 8p.m. and May 18 at 3p.m.

With troupe of seven dancers, the evening seeks to re-visit dance in its purest form, exploring the athleticism that exists in classical ballet but welcomes in an inhibition musicality and speed that blurs the line between classical and contemporary movement. A robust evening length program, Ingress, originally conceived at Dance at Socrates in the summer or 2013 for three women is re-explored for the stage with the addition of three male dancers in its completed version. In conjunction with the rich tones of Ludovico Einudi, Ingress, a literal definition of "to enter into" prods six dancers in a playful romp across the stage, entering in and out of movement with one another. In contrast, an untitled duet danced by McEwen and partner Brian Gephart to various compositions from Max Richter's 24 Postcards in Full Colour is earthy and raw and portrays the dynamic and emotion that two dancers have while moving with and without one another

"In using a diverse collection of movers from different backgrounds, MorDance and this seasons repertory is a hopeful vehicle to cross generational gaps and social divides," remarks McEwen. "With the structure of classical ballet spoken in a contemporary dialect, this season rings true to the mission to invite younger audiences into the ballet community through the use of innovative ideas, music and line."


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