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Forty Steps Dance to bring more “Creatures” to Nahant

Posted by boston.com  March 10, 2014 02:49 PM

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The following was submitted by Forty Steps Dance:

Forty Steps Dance will bring its unique animal magnetism to Nahant Town Hall March 29, performing new sections of a masterwork, Creatures, with choreography by artistic director Sallee Slagle. 

The modern dance company debuted a section of the work, Birds, to the rapture of a sold-out audience at last year’s 20th Anniversary Performance at the same venue. Slagle plans a re-do of the flipped floor plan, which put dancers literally in the middle of the space and gave the audience a three-dimensional view. 

Fascinated by the variety of creatures around us, Slagle hopes the work will spark a subconscious affinity among the audience for the natural world. “We all have a connection to nature,” she said, but in our busy lives, we rarely have time to observe and engage.” 

The challenge in creating the various sections of Creatures was in noting the various creatures’ unique movements and habits, encapsulating them, and creating movements for human bodies to perform to portray a creature. The result is a conglomeration of movements that stimulate the audience’s imagination and trigger recognition of this new creature, she said. 

Sections to be performed include Birds (five dancers), Two (a duet w/ Mehron Kugler  & Alison Mirkin-Cordova), Serpent (a  solo w/ Lauren McLucas), Plains (company), Crawler (small group), Butterfly (a solo w/ Alison Mirkin-Cordova) and Night Creatures (company).

In addition, Forty Steps will perform Accord, its crowd-pleasing closer from last year, as well as Down 2 Earth (company). The show’s special treat will be a solo by Slagle, who is coming back to the stage after a concentrated focus on choreography: Life’s a Long Song, created for her father in his 89th year.

Now in its 21st year, Forty Steps Dance is gaining momentum as a non-profit cultural arts institution. This performance is funded in part by the Nahant Cultural Council and the Nahant Preservation Trust. VIP tickets will be available for reserved front row seating and include a post-performance meet and greet with the company. General admission as well as VIP tickets are available on the website, www.fortystepsdance.org.

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