Upcoming Dance Events

Mariah Maloney Dance Light

Mariah Maloney Dance
Monday, October 20, 11 am
Multipurpose Gym, O'Keefe Sports Complex

Mariah Maloney Dance will be in residence at Salem State University October 15 – 20. Maloney, who is an internationally regarded teacher and choreographer, will offer master classes and work intensively with students to set an excerpt of her recent premiere, Light. The residency will culminate in a full length concert presented by Mariah Maloney Dance including company members Aya Wilson and Chelsea Spraker.This performance will feature original ensemble and solo choreography by Maloney including Irish Solo: Turas (2008), Envi (2012) and Light (2013). Light will be performed by Maloney, Wilson and Spraker and Salem State University students will also perform the excerpt of Light they will learn during the residency.  

Memory plays a large role in Maloney's creative process. She draws on past experiences to futher embody and understand the human condition and the world - a world of possibility and poetry. Maloney on  Light: “I needed a way to work through a profound loss...My childhood memory of my father and his friend performing a sparkler dance for my twin sister and me in part inspired the creation of this new work. Light features dancers interacting with strands of lights and LED costumes.”

Introduction: James Morrow with Nate Odell
Monday, December 1, 11 am
Multipurpose Gym, O'Keefe Sports Complex

New assistant professor of dance James Morrow explores the politics of identity in his solo triptych 11”.  He investigates the tensions between perfection and perdition as human beings evolve an intricate labyrinth to relate to their Gods. Morrow brings morality and sexuality into question while examining his relationship to both his upbringing in Christianity and the Chicago House community.  Morrow will also share a work in progress:  I met the soul walking along the path. In collaboration with Nate Odell, the artists explore different ways that patriarchal culture keeps men from knowing themselves.  Through moments of violence and vulnerability, the collaboration pushes through levels of conditioning in order to find new ways of expression and rethink patriarchal norms of strength and aggression.  A post-performance discussion will take place for questions and feedback.


Outside In
Salem Dance Ensemble
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 7, 2 pm
Multipurpose Gym, O'Keefe Sports Complex
Suggested donation of $10 at the door
Salem State students free  with ID

The personal is universal. Salem Dance Ensemble presents Outside In, an evening of choreography that connects the personal with the universal. Students delve into their intimate histories and life experiences to create dances that reflect deeply personal stories and resonate with our larger community. Join Salem Dance Ensemble as we explore from the outside in.