Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Dance presents MaDaCol Spring Concert

News Release: March 2, 2011

The spring Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) production at Case Western Reserve features new works by Master of Fine Arts choreographers Christopher Bell, Kristy Clement and Ying Xu as well as a Senior Capstone Project by dance and cognitive sciences major Claire Cobb.  The performance runs Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  The concert takes place in Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Rd. on the Case Western Reserve campus.

MaDaCol is a student organization, which offers an important and creative outlet for Case Western Reserve students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff and Greater Cleveland community members.  Approximately 60 dancers are involved in bringing the production to life this semester. 

The performance includes The Road That Lies Ahead, with choreography by Cobb, a BA candidate.  Performed by graduate and undergraduate students, university staff and Cleveland area dancers, Cobb’s new dance is a reflection of poignant relationships in life.  Set to music by Acoustic Alchemy and Kronos Quartet, the piece highlights the impact of mother-daughter relationships and the influence on other people’s lives. 

Madne$$ is choreographed by Kristy Clement and set to music by Tom Waits and Amon Tobin.  Madne$$ is a look into a surreal nightmarish world where money is synonymous with contentment, but having money does not necessarily mean one will be able to keep it.  Madne$$ takes over when those who should lead try to control and those meant to follow are left empty handed in the dark.
Xu has created a dance that demonstrates an approach to music visualization.  Stir up turns dancers’ bodies into violins while exploring how physical movement can portray music.

The Fairgrounds is a series of vignettes about a small town on a summer day at the fairgrounds.  Bell set this piece to “Old Home Days Suite” and “Three Places in New England.”

Tickets are $5 for general admission and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance.  Early arrival is suggested because seating fills early.  For more information, visit

Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Dance presents MaDaCol Spring Concert

Posted by: Susan Griffith, March 2, 2011 04:26 PM | News Topics: Official Release