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Arts at the Capitol Theater to Present Opposing Forces: DanceFest 2017

Willimantic – EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) will present Opposing Forces: DanceFest 2017 on Fri. and Sat., March 31 and April 1, 2017, at 7 p.m., on the Capitol Theater’s main stage, 896 Main St., Willimantic. This family-friendly, annual dance showcase is open to the public.

Under the direction of ACT dance teacher Tiana Mancuso, Opposing Forces: DanceFest 2017 will feature faculty works by Mancuso, ACT principal Sarah Roberts-Mallory and special guest artist Brandon Couloute of Trinity College.

The evening will feature nine pieces of original dance choreography thematically derived from the concepts of opposition and properties of force.

Highlights of the evening will include Mancuso’s “Wandering Still,” a dance work that shows the juxtaposition of contemporary music and classical ballet; and “Suspended,” which blends modern and animation dance techniques. “Antithesis,” by hip-hop guest artist Couloute, will explore asymmetry, positive and negative space, color and texture. Other pieces will depict aspects of physics including Mallory’s, “Reactions,” a hip-hop piece based on Newton’s Laws; and Mancuso’s “What Goes Up, Must Come Down,” a contemporary piece that explores the sensation of weightless flying, loss of control to gravity and increasing momentum. This year’s senior student dance work, “Cornerstone,” addresses human conflict, competition and interaction within socio-emotional relationships.

ACT students performing in DanceFest 2017 include seniors Samantha Richard (Willimantic), Daniel Marinelli (Willington), Destiny Hollis (Willimantic), Lauthell Labonte (Putnam), Jorrel Morales (Windham) and Cayla White (Windham). Juniors include Deborah Rolon (New London), Theresse Weigand-Watkinson (Norwich), Hailie Brytowski (Putnam), Alesha Coppinger (Colchester) and Devin Beaudry (Canterbury). Sophomores include Yasmine Aumaree (Willimantic), Zoie Milhomme (Putnam), Angelys Alfonso (Windham) and Makaiah Knighton (Windham).

DanceFest is a collaboration among students and faculty from ACT’s Dance, Audio/Visual, Lighting Design, Set Construction and Costume departments.

Tickets are $5 for ACT students and military, $8 for seniors and students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the Capitol Theater’s Main Office at 860-465-5636. The Capitol Theater Box Office is also open one hour before show time for walk-up ticket sales.

Learn more about ACT at www.eastconn.org/act. ACT is a public, performing arts magnet high school administered by EASTCONN. EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.