Transmotion, the 2009 Dance Theatre Concert presented by the Washington University Performing Arts Department, features seven original works that blend traditional elements of dance with freeform expression to illustrate the full potential of the human experience. EMERGE, a large-scale piece designed for sixteen dancers by faculty member Cecil Slaughter, is a journey of expanding awareness set to music by Savage Aural Hotbed. Guest choreographer Rulan Tangen, director of Dancing Earth: Indigenous Dance Creations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is represented by a work inspired by the iconography of the Mississippian culture of ancient Cahokia. Husband-and-wife choreographers David W. Marchant and Holly Seitz Marchant contribute the poignant duo It Sang A Long Time Ago, a "movement drama" that offers a look inside the life of two companions. Transmotion is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday (December 4 through 6) at the Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or Tickets are $10 to $15.
Dec. 4-6, 2009

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