Name That Dance!


This spring, the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre will create and perform a new work based entirely on a name offered by members of the community.  The “community” could be people living in the company’s hometown of Davis, CA, or it could fans of contemporary dance from anywhere on the planet.  The company asks that suggestions for names of the new work be in the form of two nouns and a verb phrase, following the form of their fall concert title, “Dukkha, Dark Matter, and Riding on Trains”.  The titles will be narrowed down to 5 by the dancers, then the community will be asked to vote for their favorite.  The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2012.

I think this is an amazing opportunity for people who don’t normally go see dance performances to become engaged in art.  Imagine how fun it could be to see your (perhaps wacky) suggestion be turned into an hour-long contemporary dance piece.  I especially like the idea of people offering science concepts for dance.  The fall concert dealt with dark matter, a physics concept, and the company has tackled science in the past with their concert focused on technology.  They regularly work with text on psychology as well.

Think up an interesting title, and submit it to the survey.  You might even win.



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I lead two lives - one as an artist and the other as a scientist. More and more I'm finding my two worlds colliding, and it's not the disaster you might expect. View all posts by micheletobias

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