‘What is dance?’

Washington University Dance Theatre presents ‘PastForward’ in Edison Theatre Nov. 30-Dec. 2

“Shadows,” a new work by nationally renowned choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, will be featured as part of “PastForward,” the 2018 Washington University Dance Theatre concert. (Photos: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)

Dark and light, past and present, movement and stillness.

In “Shadows,” celebrated choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess explores the poignant and sometimes conflicting psychology of our inner emotional landscapes.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Washington University in St. Louis’ Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences will present “Shadows” as part of “PastForward,” the 2018 Washington University Dance Theatre (WUDT) concert. In all, the performance will feature more than 20 dancers, selected by audition, in seven new and original works by faculty and visiting choreographers.

“In the late 19th  century, the concept of ‘art’ made a radical shift that today remains at the core of the artistic spirit,” said David Marchant, professor of the practice in dance and artistic director for WUDT. “This shift was not just a change of content, but of form, process and perceptual outlook. Painters, composers and choreographers leapt from being craftsmen to pioneers, from technicians to experimental intellectuals at the vanguard of their medium and contemporary culture.

“Today, artists are innovators, activists and community builders working at the leading edge of their craft,” Marchant added. “The works in this concert represent, for each artist, the ways in which they draw from influences and traditions of the past, while also continuing to seek new edges of the art form, and their own way of answering the question, ‘What is dance?’”

Click on images for more about each dance:

Tickets and performances

Performances of “PastForward” begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Performances take place in Edison Theatre, located in the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6465 Forsyth Blvd.

PAD shows are free for Washington University undergraduate, graduate and University College students (enrolled in a degree program). Tickets for spouses, partners and family members of graduate students may be purchased at regular price. Free student tickets are not available online but can be picked up at the Edison Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Regular tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors, students and Washington University faculty and staff, and are available through the Edison Box Office, 314-935-6543. Tickets are available through the Edison box office.

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

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