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Ptero Dance Theatre Floods Pasadena

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Modern dance choreographer Paula Present is on a mission. This weekend (Friday through Sunday), her Ptero Dance Theatre brings a deep well of dances to A Room To Create (ARC), the studio/theater in Pasadena that is home to much movement-based activity on the east side. There will be performances both live and digital on the stage, screen and the exterior of the building. The full evening of work explores four themes in the circle of life: birth, death, living/loving and connection.

Within the evening length "All The Exits Are Lit," the choreographer and her dancers pour into themes ranging from universal love (“Love is Love is Love”), 19/20th century sculpture (“Where the Body Ends”), loss ("Lily"), fertility ("Nature/Nurture") and onto company repertory that includes dances to Neil Diamond tunes (“Solitary Man”), two video premieres and droplets distilled from PTERO’s full evening work “H2Eau" (2011).

Present has also made dances for film, television, music videos and museums. It sounds like this event allows for a full breath of her creative ingenuity to be enjoyed in one seating. Her well-heeled dancers include Sarandon Cassidy, Kai Hazelwood, Molly Mattei, Robyn O’Dell, Chris Stanley, and Taryn Wayne. Effective lighting for each individual work is by Pablo Santiago-Brandwein.

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