In Vanessa Voskuil's 2009 work "En Masse," 79 civilians of diverse ages, sizes, genders, and ethnicities, led by Voskuil herself, cycled through a range of crowd dynamics, from reverie to anarchy, in a kind of mass folk dance. It was a brilliant concept, fully and fascinatingly realized. Now, Voskuil has created a dance-theater work for O'Shaughnessy's Women of Substance series with composer Janika Vandervelde and sound artist Jesse Whitney that incorporates 70 local dance artists, actors, and community members, and 100 student vocalists from St. Catherine's University, Hamline University, and Perpich Center for Arts Education. Giant spectacle seems to be the milieu in which Voskuil thrives, and this time out she's dealing with self-awareness and the... More >>>