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Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

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The Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State returns to presenting live performances and other events on campus with a Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert. The concert will run for approximately one hour without intermission.  

Admission is free but advance registration is encouraged.

Masks are required for all attendees per university COVID-19 safety protocols. 

This concert will feature original works by Salem State dance faculty Betsy Miller, Meghan McLyman, Michelle Deane, and Laila Franklin and alumni Lindsey McGovern and Jake Crawford.

Miller and McLyman are creating work with Salem State dance alumni and faculty from other university departments. Miller’s piece is the premiere of a 3-part work in collaboration with professors Phil Swanson, music and JD Scrimgeour, English. The first section is set to Swanson’s original composition The Restless Seas, performed by dance alumni. This is followed by a section performed by Miller, with spoken word by Scrimgeour and music by Swanson that blends elements of the game's telephone and exquisite corpse. The improvisatory final movement is based on elements of the first two sections.

McLyman’s piece, What Matters Most?, is created in conjunction with art + design faculty Ken Reker and pianist Karen Gahagan, Center for the Arts. This interactive work will begin in the lobby prior to the concert where the audience will be asked to engage with Reker's work in order to answer the question “What concerns or questions are at the forefront of your mind today?” Selections from Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs accompany this piece. 

The concert also feature dance/poetry works premiered at the 2021 Mass Poetry Festival, Museum Sculpture Garden written by Lis Weiss Horowitz and To the Young Girl in the Torn Dress written by Cathy Fahey.

When 8:30pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan

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