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Dance Nation by Clare Barron

Friday, February 18, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 19, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb 20, 2022, 2:00 pm

Bank of NH Stage, Concord, NH

Sat, February 26, 7:30 pm
Derry Opera House

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen, competitive dancers plots to unleash their POWER and take over the world. But in this unapologetically candid portrayal of the mysteries of adolescence, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds. Each plié and jeté puts them one step further from childhood and one step closer to discovering their own identities, amidst a raucous pageant of ferocious ambition. 

With all parts played by adult actors of middle age and beyond, focus is drawn to the memory of the body and the memories that live in the body.  A refreshingly unorthodox play, Clare Barron’s Dance Nation conveys the joy and abandon of dancing, alongside the changes to body and mind of its preteen characters as they peer over the precipice toward adulthood. 

2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist // Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Relentless Award

*Content Transparency: This show contains coarse language, depictions of self-harm, simulated masturbation and descriptions of masturbation, sex and sexual violence. May not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.

Running Time: 105 minutes.

Post show conversation: February 20, 2022
To encourage conversation about the themes presented in Dance Nation, tKAPOW will host a post-show panel discussion after the Sunday, February 20th matinee performance. Panelists include Jennifer Thorn; Professor of gender studies from Saint Anselm College; Sarah Pilotte,  Program Director at the Crisis Center of Central NH; and a faculty member from Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. The discussion is sponsored by Joan Brodsky and the New Hampshire Dance Collaborative.

Dance Nation by Clare Barron

Directed by Wanda Strukus
Assistant Directed by Heidi Krantz
Stage Managed by Kayla Williams
Choreography/Movement Coaching by Lorraine Chapman
Lighting Desisgn by Tayva Young
Costume Design by Barbara Holbrook

Amina... Tajoura Davis
Zuzu... Helen Hy-Yuen Swanson
Connie... Lali Haines
Luke...Raphael Campos
Maeve... Katie Collins
Sofia... Deirdre Hickok Bridge
Ashlee... Carey Cahoon
Vanessa/The Moms... Rachael Chapin Longo
Dance Teacher Pat... Gary Locke

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