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Dancers to Travel Across Santa Clara University to Explore Species Migration

Monday, Sep. 20, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2010 – David Popalisky, Santa Clara University’s associate professor of dance, explores the intersecting motions of migrating animals and humans through an abstract dance performance called “Migrations” that crisscrosses the campus. It premieres on Friday, Sept. 24 at noon and show again on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. campus wide.

Audiences will experience the challenges facing all species as they travel with the dancers across campus. The performance is anchored by a “wanderer,” a cross between a seer and a bag lady, who sings her visions of delight, worry, and calls to action. She greets the dancers at three locations for longer dance segments:  in the Mission Gardens, outside the Learning Commons and Library, and behind Lucas Hall. 

The dance is inspired by the miraculous journeys of animals that yearly traverse paths carved though the ages and by the human bravery to face daunting challenges, both past and present. In this time of global climate change and economic stress, migration strikes at the notion of what is home. 

“I vividly remember as a child in Wisconsin when the monarch butterflies would come through. For about a week they were everywhere like large flakes of orange and black snow, magical for me even then,” explains Popalisky. “Ultimately this dance is a reflection on the concept of home. I always wondered where those butterflies came from, where were they going – where did they live?” 

Admission to “Migrations” is free. For more information, contact the Center of Performing Arts box office at 408-554-4015 or visit David Popalisky’s Migrations website, which includes a campus map showing dance sites.

Educational outreach performances and workshops at South Bay K-8 schools will follow the premiere in the fall.  

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