Evanston Dance Ensemble presents FLASHPOINT: the Young Choreographers Project

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The Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) opens its 23rd season November 22nd – 24th with a strikingly bold encore of one of its most innovative programs, this year entitled FLASHPOINT: The Young Choreographers Project.

FLASHPOINT will be presented at Studio5 Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Dance Center Evanston, at 1934 West Dempster in the Evanston Plaza. Under the shared artistic direction of Béa Rashid and Christina Ernst, FLASHPOINT features dancers from EDE, and pairs young choreographers from EDE with professional choreographers who serve as mentors throughout the development of the project. This year, a highlight will be a full company dance set on EDE by special guest Randy Duncan, a three-time recipient of the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreography.

The Young Choreographers Project invites the young, highly trained and committed dancer into the world of dance making. Among the questions they must ask themselves are: Where do you begin? How do you make up movement? How do you weave ideas together? What is the best way to use the bodies in space to support one’s concept? For the young choreographer, their investment is real, the fear is real … but the creation is magical. EDE is excited to give young artists an opportunity to create.

EDE first presented the Young Choreographers Project in the 2002-2003 season, and it now returns almost every other season. Tickets are priced at $12.00 for students and $18.00 for adults, and the show is suitable for all ages.  Tickets may be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets (http://flashpoint.brownpapertickets.com). Parking is plentiful and free. Audience members are invited and encouraged to attend talkbacks, which will be held after each performance.

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