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Program A: March 14 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 1 p.m.
Program B: March 15 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 8 p.m.

Adults: $20
Students/Seniors: $15

Co-produced with W&M Physical Theatre, Mainstage Dance 2019 is the final Mainstage Dance production for professor Melissa Monteros and theatre technician Steve Isom. This year's show offers a retrospective of dance creations by Melissa Monteros in two different programs.

The pieces are performed by current students and dance alumni, many of whom are now based in different cities across the country and the world. Dancers include Miku Tsuchiya (Japan), Mark Medrano (Montreal) and Ceinwen Gobert (Toronto).

Some of these works, created on students, have toured to Poland and Finland, accompanying the professional work of W&M Physical Theatre.

Program A

Arch of Hope (1996) is inspired by the music of Polish composer Henryk Górecki and the experiences of Monteros in Poland in the early ‘90s. 

For Dreamers (2003), Monteros asked the performers what they wished for and dreamed of. She built the movement vocabulary on these ideas and integrated this into the sound score. 

The primary concept and exploration of The Cube (2010) is around the idea of the Rubik’s Cube. This multi-sided, multi-coloured box is used as a metaphor for our individuality and ability to be part of a whole. 

Program B

Inspired by the renowned book of the same title by Jerzy Kosiński, Painted Bird (1995) raises questions about the nature of humanity and our responses to difference and fear.

Secrets (2005), how do they—large or small—affect us? Whether held closely for ourselves or others, what is the impact on all our relationships? Why do we keep secrets?

Bone Songs (1999) is a work in two acts: Whispers and The Return. The title came from a very strong feeling that our histories are deep in our bones; the stories of our ancestors are stored in our DNA and resonate within us. Physically and choreographically, this was one of the very first deep explorations of this idea of the grotesque leading us into the beautiful for Mochniej and Monteros.