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FWDC’s touring company gets its stage debut
By Eddie Torres
Fort Wayne Reader
Fragmented Clarity, a contemporary dance performance from Fort Wayne Dance Collective, brings together the best work produced by the FWDC Touring Company members over the past twelve months.
Touring Company members consist of on-site and outreach teaching faculty at FWDC. These dancers perform throughout the year at fundraiser events, FWCS schools, Allen County libraries, Parkview Regional, and festivals.
“It is important for FWDC to showcase the talent that we have in our on-site and outreach teaching faculty,” says Mandie Kolkman, Artistic Director of Fort Wayne Dance Collective. “It isn’t often that we have an opportunity to dance on a large stage and create our own concert. This is our moment to inspire both our city’s youth and emerging artists through our work.”
Also on stage at this performance is the youth Pineapple Dance Project. Pineapple Dance Project is a performance-based class offered at FWDC on Berry Street throughout the year. Students in this class range from 12 to 18 years of age. There are two levels to help students cultivate their artistic talents and accelerate their learning.
“Pineapple welcomes everyone and gives them the confidence to perform all over Fort Wayne, sharing their love of dance and community,” says Ashley Benninghoff, Artistic Coordinator & Pineapple Dance Project Director. “Fragmented Clarity will allow the aspiring artists of Pineapple Dance Project to share the stage with professional dancers. Every time a performer steps on to the stage they share a piece of themselves with the audience, and it is important to nurture and empower our youths to find their own unique voice.”
The works to be showcased during Fragmented Clarity tell the story of how beautiful, chaotic, and often unclear life can be. The performance will feature songs from several composers including Fort Wayne’s Metavari.
The Fort Wayne Dance Collective presents Fragmented Clarity
IPFW Williams Theater
2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 13 at 2 PM
Tickets are available on-line for $15 and at the door if space allows
For sales and more information, visit fwdc.org or call (260) 426-3456