Contemporary Dance Theatre: Selkie Tides

Stamping Zebra Dance Theatre: Selkie Tides

Contemporary Dance Theatre: Selkie Tides

"Selkie Tides" features live music with narration and traditional vocals by acclaimed Gaelic singer Mary McLaughlin.

Date: October 22, 2011

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Hal Todd Theatre

Summary: Choreographed by Sharon Took-Zozaya and inspired by Scottish and Irish tales of shape-shifting seals, “Selkie Tides” features live music with narration and traditional vocals by acclaimed Gaelic singer Mary McLaughlin, as well as original music by Mathew Schreiber.  Performers include a rich cross section of the community, featuring both professional dancers and community dancers with and without disabilities, singers, musicians, and narrators. The performance explores themes common to archetypal Irish folk-lore about merrows and Scottish folklore about magical seal beings.  It relates these timeless shape-shifting stories to present day challenges experienced by able-bodied and disabled people across the globe.

– Submitted by Associate Professor of Performance Studies Matthew Spangler

John Scott: Dancing Through Borders

John Scott: Dancing Through Borders

John Scott: Dancing Through Borders

John Scott

Date: October 19, 2011

Time: 3 p.m. talk; 6 p.m. workshop

Location: Hugh Gillis Hall

Summary: John Scott, Ireland’s leading choreographer of modern dance and the founder of the Irish Modern Dance Theatre in Dublin, will be on campus to talk about his work and lead a dance workshop on Wednesday, October 19. Mr. Scott is well known in the international dance community for creating performances rooted in social justice.  His most recent production, “Fall and Recover,” emerges from workshops with clients of the Centre for Care of Survivors of Torture in Dublin, Ireland.  Mixing professional dancers with a cast of 11 torture survivors from nine countries, “Fall and Recover” has been hailed as a major breakthrough in modern dance. Cast members, many now Irish citizens, have lost homes, careers, family and health, but their dance celebrates the power of the human spirit, their dignity and determination and carries imprints from their lives, their loss and their future hopes.  “Fall and Recover” was originally produced at the Dublin Dance Festival, and most recently, in a month-long run at La MaMa in New York.

From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 19 in Hugh Gillis Hall 231: Mr. Scott will speak and show video clips of his work.

Starting at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 19 in Hugh Gillis Hall 103: He will lead a dance workshop.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Mr. Scott’s visit is sponsored by SJSU’s College of Social Sciences and the College of Humanities and the Arts with the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center and the American Conference for Irish Studies.

— Submitted by Associate Professor of Performance Studies Matthew Spangler