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ACT Presents VIVID: Dancefest 2018 on April 6 & 7


Willimantic CT, March 22, 2018 -- EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school will present VIVID: DanceFest 2018 on April 6 and 7, 2018, at 7 p.m., on the Capitol Theater’s main stage, 896 Main St., Willimantic. This family-friendly, annual dance showcase is open to the public.

Under the direction of ACT dance teacher Tiana Mancuso, VIVID will feature seven original choreographed dances by Mancuso, ACT principal Sarah Roberts-Mallory and ACT dance instructor Melissa Basch.

DanceFest is a collaboration among students and faculty from ACT’s Dance, Audio/Visual, Lighting Design and Costume departments.

The works performed in VIVID are designed to excite the audiences’ senses by exploring the human response to sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Innovative use of lighting, video projection, interactive props and set pieces will complement the performance theme.

Mancuso’s “Prism” sets the tone of the show with dramatic use of light and color; “Oasis,” a classical ballet piece by Mancuso and Mallory, depicts a desert mirage; and “Pressure,” a hip-hop drama by Basch, addresses the weight of expectations. Other pieces include “All That Glitters is Gold,” a showcase of strong women and a single male dancer who is enthralled by their beauty and power; “Red Football,” a lyrical story about human abuse; and “In Tantamount,” which features ACT senior dance majors in a sentimental representation of their lives as students on the precipice of adulthood.

A highlight of the evening is “Palpable Collision,” a three-part work of modern dance featuring body percussion and a free-standing gong. This piece of choreography focuses on the tactile and aural senses often overlooked in dance performance.

ACT students performing in VIVID include seniors Theresse Weigand-Watkinson, Norwich; Hailie Brytowski, Putnam; Deborah Rolon, New London; Alesha Coppinger, Colchester; Devin Beaudry, Canterbury; Dineyshka Valdes-Alicea, Windham; and Andrea Gutierrez-Valdez, Windham. Juniors include Zoie Milhomme, Putnam; Deysha Cardona, Windham; and Yasmine Aumaree, Windham. Sophomores include Lia Casedei, Windham and Madison Nelson, Lebanon.

Tickets are $5 for ACT students and military, $8 for seniors and students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the Capitol Theater’s Main Office at 860-465-5636. The Capitol Theater Box Office is also open one hour before show time for walk-up ticket sales.

Learn more about ACT at www.eastconn.org/act. ACT is a public, performing arts magnet high school administered by EASTCONN. EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.