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Young Dance: Looking Back, Leaping Forward

Daily from May 4-5
7:30 p.m.
May 5
2 p.m.
$15; $8 students and seniors
Dance

Youth rules. After the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, teenagers all over the country have rallied, marched, done their homework, and spoken out about the need for gun legislation. Now our own Young Dance Company celebrates 30 years of articulating young bodies for expressive purposes with a concert that focuses on social justice. This collective of 25 dynamic dance artists ages 7 to 18, living with and without disabilities, invites innovative choreographers to create new works. This year Ananya Chatterjea and members of Ananya Dance Theater have crafted a fierce dance reflecting on the social and psychological effects of gun violence, envisioning a safe future shaped by the voices and creativity of children. Marylee Hardenbergh contributed a dance to raise awareness of regional water issues, while Marcus Young guided the company to create a series of improvisational scores addressing how we cultivate presence as a means to attain and then share power. Heavy stuff, but these kids can handle it. The program also includes choreography by company members.