San Diego, CA (PressExposure) April 08, 2009 -- Malashock Dance is proud to announce their first production created around the work of celebrated songwriter, Leonard Cohen, for the world premiere of Shadow of Mercy. Shadow of Mercy is a poetic and powerful dance theater performance that blends the dark and humorous lyrics of Leonard Cohen with the dramatic, provocative and deeply human choreography of John Malashock. This rare exhibition of physical storytelling will enthrall audiences for three consecutive evenings at the Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Center in La Jolla, April 17-19, 2009. This show is being co-presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.
Having utilized some of Cohenâs work in the past, Malashock is now creating a full evening of musically-inspired dance theater in the presentation of Shadow of Mercy. The work includes sixteen pieces of music, mostly written and performed by Cohen himself. Ten Malashock Dance Company members will perform choreography that embodies the characters of Cohenâs poetry to depict the commonality of human needs and desires we all pursue.
âI have long felt an affinity for Leonard Cohen and his work,â says Malashock. âWe both have a deep spiritual longing that, ultimately, finds its voice through our art. We are both powerfully connected to our Jewish backgrounds, but have often looked beyond our Judaism to satisfy that longing.â
Many of Cohenâs pieces from his 50-year career employ spiritual imagery, which he shares with Malashock, to reflect on modern day life on both the internal and external levels. As an iconic artist, Cohen is able to capture the essence of humanity and place it in a universal milieu. Songs in the repertoire include: The Story of Isaac, which is an anti-war song that tells of being taken up the mountain to be sacrificed, Waiting for the Miracle expresses the futility of longing for better times and Night Comes On points to our responsibility to remain in the world and do our parts.âI hope to do more than just reflect Cohenâs brilliance, by adding my own perspective through means of physical storytelling,â states Malashock. âThis music is tremendously âdanceableâ and I believe the experience for the audience will be one that touches many senses and many levels of their minds, hearts and souls.â
Shadow of Mercy will have its premiere performances on April 17-19 at the Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. These will include a student outreach performance for Young Audiences of San Diego, Friday, April 17th at 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. discounted sneak peek and social event; Saturday opening night performance April 18th at 8 p.m.; and Sunday twilight performance April 19th at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances will range from $20 - $32, with $16 tickets available for students. For the Friday sneak peek performances, tickets will range from $18 - $28, with $14 tickets available for students.
For those who are interested in viewing a behind-the-scenes preview or desire the experience of a more intimate exhibition, Malashock Dance will also be organizing an in-studio series on Saturday, March 28th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m. The Malashock Dance Studio Series provides an exclusive look at the dancers and the choreographer preparing for their April world premiere performance at Dance Place San Diego, 2650 Truxtun Road, Studio 200. Admission is $10 and includes conversations with the choreographer and the dancers, as well as a post-show reception.
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Malashock Dance Malashock Dance puts emotion in motion. As a premier California Dance Company, we create, educate and collaborate. Currently in its 21st season, Malashock Dance is an integral part of San Diego's vibrant arts community - providing performances, educational programs, outreach projects and classes to thousands of people each year. Founded by John Malashock in 1988, following his extensive career in dance and theater, Malashock Dance performs in various San Diego venues and events and has toured nationally and internationally. Complementing Malashock Dance's full performance schedule are the activities of The Malashock Dance School: a full range of classes for children, adults, pre-professional and professional dancers, and education and outreach activities throughout San Diego. Malashock Dance has also taken a leadership role in the creation of Dance Place San Diego housed in a spectacular historic building at the NTC Promenade in Point Loma's Liberty Station. It is the Company's home and serves the entire dance community of San Diego. For more information, please visit http://www.malashockdance.org.