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Cell phone dance to be featured in concert April 28-30

Department of Theatre & Dance faculty member Daniel Stark will reveal a second dance railing against technology in the Spring Dance Concert being performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

2011-05-03
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [4-14-11]

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance faculty member Daniel Stark will reveal a second dance railing against technology in the Spring Dance Concert being performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Stark's dance is one of seven dances to be performed, including two student pieces and one each from Andreas Guest Artists Alan Sener and Mary Davies Stark.In his choreographer’s notes, Stark describes “The Cell Phone Dance” this way: “A quaint, unassuming dance about cell phones, apps, texting, Twitter, phone bills, Facebook leaving messages, Skype, being on hold, and [dramatic music building] a dire cautionary tale on how TECHNOLOGY IS DESTROYING OUR HUMANNESS! To hear the dance in English, press “1” now, or stay on the line and an operator will be with you momentarily.”

In the fall 2010 concert, Stark’s piece “iDance 3pointOh” targeted Facebook, e-mail, Skype and Twitter and how the “slacker generation” feels it must appear unattached while craving the attention and spotlight that these products of technology provide. When examining a topic that interests him, he said he finds the need to take three separate attacks to fulfill his curiosity. Some people may feel uncomfortable watching this piece.

Director of Dance Julie Kerr-Berry has two pieces in the concert, “Shall We Dance” and “Pas de Deaux,” both premieres, while Davies Stark presents a jazz piece and Sener “The Guys Are Pretty Cool.” Two student pieces round out the concert: Jennifer James presents her solo piece, "Aftermath," and Amanda Abeling choreographs "Coterie."

Tickets are $9 regular, $8 discounted and $7 for current MSU students. They may be purchased at http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/academic/undergraduate/dance.html or http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/ or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the PA lobby from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661 during those times.

A Student Showcase Concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

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