Experiences of kinship and alienation

The Slaughter Project brings ‘Caravan’ to Edison Theatre

As resident dance company in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, The Slaughter Project encompasses a wide range of backgrounds, movement styles, technical accomplishments and performance skills.

Composed of student and pre-professional dancers and choreographers, The Slaughter Project serves as a forum to encourage and promote the vision, development and individual expression of these emerging artists. At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, the company will present “Caravan,” its 2016 showcase, in Edison Theatre.

“ ‘Caravan’ explores the human experiences of kinship and alienation,” said Cecil Slaughter, professor of the practice in dance in the PAD, who founded the company in 2004.

“The title piece was originally staged in 2010 and is inspired by nomadic culture,” Slaughter said. “As dancers move through the nine works of this year’s concert, they are united by the implied emotional states evoked by shared experiences.”

About Cecil Slaughter

A 14-year veteran of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Slaughter has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He has worked with such notable choreographers as Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Doug Varone and James Truitte, among many others.  In addition to The Slaughter Project, he has set contemporary works on several professional dance and theater companies.  He holds an MFA in dance from the University of Iowa.


Performances of “Caravan” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, in Edison Theatre.

Tickets are $20, or $15 for students, children, senior citizens and Washington University faculty and staff. Tickets are available through the Edison Box Office at 314-935-6543. Edison Theatre is located in the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6465 Forsyth Blvd.

For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit edison.wustl.edu.

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