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Kzoo Modern Dance Festival Anticipates a Rad Reprisal


| by Samara Napolitan L


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AST YEAR, ENTHUSIASTIC audiences gathered at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo to celebrate one thing — the leading and innova-


tive voices in modern dance at the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival. “I’m always intrigued at how choreogra-


phers across the country can come together to share their unique voices in dance at a festival setting like RAD,” said Michael Miller, Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers associate director. “Yet, you can see this


ama z ing through- l ine that somehow connects each piece, because we’re all reflect- ing on the same conditions and events that are going on in the world around us.” Wellspring, a 30-year-old


Midwest RAD Fest has been overwhelming, and we’re honored to present it once more.” This year, Wellspring is anticipating an-


other outstanding audience turnout due to the number of choreography submissions received. “The selection committee has put to-


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FESTIVAL Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo March 11-13, performances at 7:30 and 9 p.m. $10 for single performance, $18 day pass, $35 festival pass wellspringdance.com, (269) 342-4354


modern dance establishment, is a longtime supporter of bud- ding choreographers. Last spring, Wellspring launched the inaugural RAD Fest with the hopes of putting Kalamazoo’s modern dance scene on the map. Sure enough, the choreography submissions came pouring in. The festival received a great response as every performance and master class featuring the 19 up-and-coming choreographers was sold out. “Kalamazoo is not only a performing


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arts epicenter of the Midwest, it’s a festival town,” said Maria Suszynski, executive direc- tor of Wellspring. “The area support for the


gether an exciting lineup of choreographers for the 2011 RAD Fest,” Suszynski said. “The response was very strong this year. Some choreographers will be new to the festival, and others will be joining us again.” To correctly represent the


spirit of modern dance, selec- tions include intelligent and mature choreography that is aesthetically pleasing, as well as diverse. In the past, RAD Fest featured solos, duets and larger group pieces that are thrilling for a festival audience to watch. Winning submissions this year


come from as far as New York and Missouri; however, Michigan upholds a strong represen- tation with 11 of the 22 winning entries. Shawn T. Bible of Grand Rapids and Erin Mitchell of Kalamazoo are among those to present their work once more at RAD Fest. With a reprisal of assorted performances


and master classes, the second-annual RAD Fest promises to be the best yet. “The area support for the Midwest RAD


Fest has been overwhelming,” Suszynski said. “We’re honored to present it once more.” n


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