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"TRIP THE LIGHT: MYTHICAL" at Wealthy Theatre, May 11

Dance in the Annex (DITA) presents the fourth annual "Trip The Light" at Wealthy Theatre on May 11.
Underwriting support from:

"MYTHICAL" Artists

Choreographers include: Hannah Sullivan Ferianc, Melissa Mondry-Sefton, Amy Wilson, Shawn T Bible and more.

Musicians include: Frank Booth, The Fauxgrass Quartet,  Hugo Claudin and Friends featuring Molly Bouwsma-Shultz,  Michael Schaeffer, Wisaal, Paucity, Ben Furhman, Seth Galligan and more.

Dance On Camera (film/video shorts): Jon Clay, Sarah Powell, Seth Thompson, Amy Wilson.

Special Guests: Lisa LaMarre and Dancers - Detroit; MegLouise Dance Company - Chicago.

Presale tickets are on sale now for TRIP THE LIGHT: MYTHICAL which takes place at Wealthy Theatre on May 11, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Grand Rapids dance collective Dance in the Annex (DITA) performs two annual, collaborative dance/music concerts at Wealthy Theatre: "Salmagundi" in the Fall, and "Trip the Light" (aka "TRIP") in the Spring.

This fourth annual production of TRIP is underwritten by Perrin Brewing Co.

DITA Artistic Director Amy Wilson said some pieces in TRIP THE LIGHT: MYTHICAL are inspired literally by mythology, including a centerpiece 'goddess' series featuring six solos, each choreographed by the dancers, and scored by the band Paucity."

Other pieces intrepet the "myth" idea more generally, Wilson said.

Wealthy Theatre Director Erin Wilson said "TRIP" encapsulates the spirit of collaboration that Community Media Center (CMC) exists to facilitate. (CMC operates Wealthy Theatre.)

"TRIP encourages 'entanglements' between artists of every discipline, and Wealthy Theatre provides a nimble platform for experimenting," Wilson said. "We are here to remove limitations to the staging of their ideas, to be responsive - each production is like learning a new language, which starts with being open to the possibilities."

He said TRIP feels more like a "rock concert."

"There's this energy," he said, "of not knowing what will happen next but feeling like it'll be bigger than you could imagine."

TRIP originated in Grand Rapids and most of the performers live here - but (DITA Artistic Director Amy) Wilson said TRIP removes any preconceived notions because "each year the collaborations create new layers of unfamiliar territory, which forces the dancers and musicians to go to new places"

(Amy) Wilson said this year's TRIP is bringing in artists from Detroit and Chicago, who will join their peers onstage at TRIP on May 11.

And thanks to underwriting by Perrin Brewing Co., she said, "all ticket sales go directly back to the artists who create this event."

Wilson said additional sponsors include: Steelcase Inc., Harmony Brewing Co., Speak EZ Lounge, Bartertown Restaurant, Essence Restaurant Group, Body-Mind Pilates, and Epiglotic Photographic (Seth Thompson also photographed the poster image for TRIP this year.)

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