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Fierce / Feminine: Dance by Women Choreographers

Bold, Breathtaking Works for the Stage

Minnesota Dance Theatre shines the spotlight on women creating bold, breathtaking works for the stage from this and last century in Fierce/Feminine: Dance by Women Choreographers.

Emery LeCrone, rising star and bright artistic voice, returns to MDT for her second choreographic commission. Nuanced, ingenious and fresh from the stage at 26, Claudia La Rocco of the New York Times wrote of her work, “… a primetime knockout … hinting at dark undercurrents that beg for second looks. Please, more Ms LeCrone.” A young fearless force brimming with ideas, MDT welcomes the return of this dynamo to the Twin Cities for another explosion of dance-making.

Joanie Smith, co-founder of Shapiro & Smith Dance and 2012 Sage Award recipient for “Outstanding Performance”, brings to MDT her trademark blend of contemporary dance and dramatic theater. In 1995, Joanie in partnership with Danial Shapiro brought their company of “breathtaking physicality and emotional depth” to the Twin Cities, and return to MDT to recreate A Portrait Project. Based on the confluence of three former MDT dancers with divergent career paths, and re-imagined on a new generation, Joanie brings her international reputation for “virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment” to our repertory concert of Fierce/Feminine.

Loyce Houlton, Loyce Houlton, Twin Cities dance doyenne and MDT founder, embraced a 34 year odyssey of creating, teaching, and producing dance. One of the first American women to gain national and international recognition through her distinct aesthetic she created over 90 ballets and a lasting legacy of trademark repertory. Celebrating MDT’s choreographic riches and one of Houlton’s personal favorites, Knoxville, Summer of 1915, for voice and orchestra, by composer Samuel Barber, brings a work crafted in great beauty to a lush score based on a poem by James Agee: “We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.” Jennifer Baldwin Peden and orchestra will join the dancers at the Cowles Center May 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Fierce / Feminine Performance Dates

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:00 PM
Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:00 PM *
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:00 PM

* Meet the Company: Talk Back Series. Free post-show discussion for attendees.

About Minnesota Dance Theatre

For over 50 years the mission of Minnesota Dance Theatre has been to create masterful and provocative dance performances which entertain and inspire audiences. Minnesota Dance Theatre was founded in 1962 by Loyce Houlton, one of the first American women to gain international recognition as a choreographer, teacher and producer.