Stark Dance presents a dichotomy of provocative works to rile you up and get you thinking about things you shouldn’t, but also evocative, very human works, to keep you thinking about things you should.
The concert features six dances from choreographer Daniel Stark that reverberate with fierce movement, compelling images and palpable emotions: the desperation and futility of holding on to that which is already lost in Crash; the power and pettiness of media in Television; the tempestuousness of relationships in Ripple; the mockery (or perhaps too realistic representation) of our current American state of affairs in Politics Religion Sex.
The cast is highlighted by superstars of the Twin Cities dance scene as well as of some of its best emerging artists.
Reviews from select works:
"Politics Religion Sex is a whip-smart commentary on moral-majority-style hypocrisy performed with the sort of fierce intensity that such polarizing subjects demand. Choreographer Daniel Stark recasts square dancing as a menacing ritual to create one of the most memorable works of the year.”
- Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune
“Stark’s Politics Religion Sex tackles these weighty topics with a flagrant and brilliant mix of trenchant humor and savvy boldness. There’s madness and supplication, sex and comedy, discomfort and dissension, possession and provocation in this piece, which concludes this all-too-short performance on a wild, whacked-out note of serious satisfaction.”
- Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com
“Television: Or (And Now, Our National Anthem) is a fully realized work that is both beautifully crafted and playfully irreverent, speaking to the powerful influence of television culture on contemporary American rituals.” - Adjudicators for The Kennedy Center selection
“Peek is a gritty depiction of sexuality and sinister power dynamics by a rebellious generation, using an ingenious lighting score that simulates the jump-cut pacing of a seamy graphic novel.”
- Adjudicators for The Kennedy Center selection
Choreographer Daniel Stark is local but has produced many highly acclaimed works outside of the state, including “Earth: Healing the Rift,” a performance in Kenya and broadcast by the BBC involving collaborations between visual and performing artists from Africa, Russia, Italy, India, Greece, New Zealand, U.K. and the U.S. He has also created dances for the Beijing Dance Academy in China; Quad Cities Ballet in Illinois; the Aha! Dance Theatre in Kansas City; Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre in Chicago; 940 Dance Company in Kansas; Bellingham Repertory Dance in Washington; Vandance Inc. in Pennsylvania; and Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis. He has had five dances selected to perform at The Kennedy Center in the American College Dance Association’s National Festival (an accomplishment only shared by one other choreographer in the event’s history). As a dancer, he has performed works by Alfonso Cata, Beth Corning, David Dorfman, Louis Falco, Françoise Martinet, Lonne Moretton, Charles Moulton, David Parsons and Shapiro & Smith. Daniel holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa. He is a Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. danielstarkdance.net