Release Your Quest

When: Aug. 9-11, 8 p.m. 2013

Since its founding in 1958, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center has lovingly nurtured modern-dance artists — perhaps a fitting role for a school located in a century-old family home. This weekend the cozy studios (704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley) are the venue for the emerging talent of Shawl modern-dance teacher and artist-in-residence Troy Macklin, a Juilliard graduate who will present his first evening-length production, Release Your Quest. Created by Macklin in collaboration with Leah Curran, Rebecca Demotte, Jerry Christopher Lin, and Vera Schwegler, the contemporary solos, duets, and trios comprise theatrical and lighthearted themes, with music that ranges from the electronic explorations of Matmos to live vocals with piano accompaniment. What the pieces share is the intimacy and inspiration that Shawl-Anderson cultivates in dancers and choreographers alike, and the risk-taking that results when artists are given a place to call home.

Claudia Bauer

Price: $15, $20

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