When your gaze throughout the day varies not from the neutral-colored cubicle walls that surround you, it's hard to believe that people spend their time more actively. Believe it. In fact, lots of people regularly utilize those muscles strapped to their bones — maybe dancers most of all. Now, many of these movement masters aren't afforded the luxury of only dancing for their day jobs (they, too, might know the padded half walls you call home), but they do, at least, have opportunities to express themselves and explore newness through movement. Maybe they want to know what the traveling life of a gypsy is like or how it feels to be a part of a tribal community in Africa. By utilizing turns and jumps and stretching and more, dancers can explore methods for expressing that curiosity beyond mere conversation and reading, helping to knock down the walls in their minds and open things up a bit. Allow for some mental demolition (the good kind) in your own noggin when the Slaughter Project presents Caravan, a dance concert staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 22 and 23) at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-725-6555 or www.cocastl.org). Twenty-two dancers bring diversity to the stage with a range of styles and strengths; Slaughter Project artistic director Cecil Slaughter choreographed the title piece, about the wandering ways of the gypsy. Tickets to the performance cost $15 to $20; learn more about the company at www.slaughterproject.org.
Fri., April 22; Sat., April 23, 2011