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doug elkins choreography, etc.

April 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
Location Alexander Kasser Theater
SponsorPeak PerformancesCost$20; no charge for undergraduates when you show your valid MSU ID at the box office, courtesy of your Performing Arts FeeMore Information InPeak Performances

“Doug Elkins is one of the most witty, musical and inventive choreographers of his generation.” The New York Times

Since his days as a break dancing B Boy, Doug Elkins has not only turned himself on his head but the dance world as well. His irreverent and provocative work often deconstructs classics; Peak Performances' audiences may remember how the The Sound of Music was Elkinized into Fraulein Maria in 2010.

This program features the Elkins' take on Shakespeare's Othello and José Limon's The Moor's PavaneMo(or)town/Redux. Set to a Motown score, Mo(or)town Redux prompted this praise from Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times: "It's a rare artist who can make you feel as though you'd never paid attention to one of the world's most popular songs. The song is 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'; the artist is Doug Elkins."

In addition to Mo(or)town/Redux, Elkins premieres a new piece, O, round desire, and his new film, A Hundred Indecisions, produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. These new works are set to scores that range from classical to rap and explore the writer Gabriel García Marquéz's notion that "one can be in love with several people at the same time ... and not betray any of them."