The Collaboration Project
Connecting dance studio teachers, professional performers, street-style artists, and choreographers with dance students and Madison area children to promote the creation and exploration of dance and how this art form provides individuals the opportunity to make lasting relationships within their community. Choreographers will work with each other in partnership or groups to create works expressing connection and collaboration. We hope to inspire other people with different backgrounds to work together.
MCD has partnered with the Madtown Hip Hop Crew, Hitterz Collective, Bridge Lakepoint Waunona Neighborhood Center, A Step Above Dance and Music Academy, choreographers Papa Kobina Brewoo, Sara Rohs, Miye Bishop and members of the MCD Company to create new works of collaborative dance.
Summer Masquerade will incorporate the creation of a new fairytale-inspired by The Story of the Root-Children published in 1906 by Etwas von clan Wurzelkindern. MCD's adaptation updates the story of Root Children who are awakened in the spring by Mother Nature. The Root Children go on an adventure through the seasons ending in winter to rest until the next spring awakening. Throughout this journey adding positive life lessons taught through the joy of fairytales as a platform for learning using emotions and experience.
Lessons are woven throughout the story about being brave, using breath, standing tall, having a willingness for continual life learning, and the strength of persistence. These lessons will be taught to the Root Children by Aunt Spring as they prepare for the summer celebration ball. The story continues into summer and autumn when the children go back under the earth to rest for the winter.
Director of MCD Sara Rohs will be writing and publishing the story. She will be directing the MCD dancers and photographer to create the visuals for the fairytale book. The fairytale will be the basis for the Summer Masquerade Concert which will be performed at events and in the theater.
Madison Contemporary Dance emphasizes ballet movement while incorporating a modern twist. It is the dance of our time, utilizing artistry, storytelling, emotion, physical connections, spatial relationships and performance art to convey stories.
Holidays Collide is a contemporary and hip-hop dance concert. MCD is partnering with the Madtown Hip Hop Crew, A Step Above Dance and Music Academy, and the Hitterz Collective to produce this community concert.