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Wednesday, March 14,2012

A dancer's 'Answer'

MSU concert tries to define the meaning of 'home'

by Adam Ilenich
What exactly is dance the answer to?

Michigan State University Associate Professor and Director of Dance Sherrie Barr replies to that question in “Dance is the Answer.” 

Barr teamed up with community arts choreographer Peter DiMuro to revisit his piece “The 13 Steps,” which focuses on the concepts of home and trust. 

“I really started considering how ´home´ can be a comfort level in one’s own skin,” Barr said. “You’re at home now, but where is that for you? Is it where you live with your parents? Your dorm room? Is it with your friends or your apartment?”

The concert also examines comfort levels. “For example, in my piece there are two couples: One couple is two males and one couple is two females,” Barr said. “What does that do to people, watching two males touch one another? Or watching two females be close to one another?”

´Dance is the Answer´

Michigan State University

8 p.m. March 20- 23; 2 and 8 p.m. March 24; 2 p.m. March 25

RCAH Auditorium in Snyder-Phillips Hall

$13; $10 students;

$11 seniors and faculty

(800) WHARTON

www.whartoncenter.com

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