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Hixon Dance presents

BLACK ANGELS
live music and dance

featuring musicians
Alicia Hui
Gyusun Han
Spencer Ingersoll
Mary Davis

March 15 & 16, 2024  |  8:00pm
March 17, 2024  |  3:00pm

Columbus Dance Theatre

592 E Main Street  |  Columbus, OH  43215

Tickets:
Regular - $20
Seniors (65+) - $15
Students - $12

Join Hixon Dance on March 15-17, 2024 at Columbus Dance Theatre for this powerful and provocative theater experience. Featuring music by Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, and American composer George Crumb performed live by Alicia Hui, Gyusun Han, Spencer Ingersoll, and Mary Davis. The evening explores themes of war, refuge, ritual, and the mental and emotional toll of oppression. Following each performance audiences will have the chance to ask questions and learn more about the artist's creative processes during the artist talk backs. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKS

The Nameless

Hixon Dance will present its new work, The Nameless, which examines the mental and emotional toll of war on the common citizenry, and how it creates victims both on and off the battlefield. The work is set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, a profoundly personal composition created during a time of deep depression for the composer due to political coercion by the Soviet Union and while reflecting on the bombing of Dresden during World War 2. The dance explores a different aspect of the war machine in each movement and serves as both a meditation and memorial for victims of war. This dynamic string quartet comes vividly alive in the hands of Hui, Han, Ingersoll, and Davis and is not to be missed!

Within the Interstice

Barbara Zuck of The Columbus Dispatch said "[Hixon] is having fun in her mock-tormented Within the Interstice. With the Moonlight Sonata on what sounds like a toy piano, all is not right in Hixon's cuckoo's nest, and the dancers' ultimate response to the weight of the world is -- the fetal position.” The light-hearted dance has a connection to Absurdist Theater: a post-war exploration of existentialist ideas and what happens when human existence lacks meaning or purpose. The dancers, entirely focused on themselves and their own illogic, gain nothing from their efforts and end where they began. 

Black Angels

The evening concludes with Black Angels performed to the string quartet of the same name by avant-garde American composer George Crumb. The music is for electric instruments with additional maracas, gongs, and crystal harmonica. The dance is influenced by different cultural aesthetics, from Baroque court spectacles to traditional Asian theater. It moves through a series of dream-like images touching on themes of human ritual, spirituality, community, and nature.

PARKING
 

All parking at the theater area is free.
There is on-street parkin
g available on Lester Drive and E. Cherry Street. Lot parking is shared with the old Homeport Building on the West side of the block (please do not park in any spaces marked individually as only for JOIN Organization). Overflow lot parking available at the gravel lot across from Snowden Alley, entrance on E. Cherry Street.

Meet the Company

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Sarah Hixon

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

Alicia Hann

COMPANY MANAGER

Samantha conte

COMPANY MEMBERS

Ellie Bearss, Samantha Conte, Alex Graban, Alicia Hann, Lisa Horton, Sarah Price, Anne Raspe, Sarah Vah

 

ABOUT HIXON DANCE

 

Hixon Dance is a modern dance company founded in 2007 by Sarah Hixon that is active in the performing arts throughout central Ohio and beyond. The company regularly collaborates with other artists—especially musicians—and experts in other fields to inspire, create, and produce new work. The company is committed to a multidisciplinary creative process and is known for presenting impactful works that are accessible to audiences. Past collaborators include The Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, Opera Project Columbus, The Worthington Chamber Orchestra, and others. They have recently worked with composers Jacob Reed, Lauren Spavelko, Michael Rene Torres, and award-winning poet Maggie Smith.

Hixon Dance has been a mainstay of the Columbus dance community, participating in a wide array of community-centered performances including the Columbus Dances series, GCAC's New Choreography Project, Columbus Summer Dance Festival hosted by The Ohio State University, Vox Novus, OhioDance Festival, Ten Tiny Dances, and others. They host City Dance Showcase, an annual presentation of local independent dance makers.

Education and outreach are a central component of the company’s mission, and we strongly believe that the performing arts enrich our community. They offer noncompetitive and inclusive classes for ages 2 through adult at their studio in Clintonville, OH.

They have been featured in The Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus Underground, The Columbus Alive!, The Clintonville and Worthington Spotlight, LifeLine Columbus, and other publications. 

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