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Connecticut’s Largest Contemporary Dance Festival Is Saturday

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The 16th Annual 5X5 Dance Festival will be held at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.


The celebrated 5X5 Dance Festival brings together choreographers, performers, educators and students to study and perform. Artists, students and audiences share their experience, talent and inspiration through master classes, workshops, discussions and performance.

The 16th Annual 5X5 Dance Festival performances and master classes will be held in University of Saint Joseph’s Bruyette Athenaeum in West Hartford, CR, on Saturday, Nov. 3 with showcase performances at 7:30 p.m.

The 5X5 Dance Festival was named for its focus on five professional and five collegiate ensembles. Created in 2003 as a response to a need expressed by greater Hartford dancers for opportunities to perform more sustained works –  as opposed to the brief “marathon” performances typical of dance festivals –  the 5X5 Dance Festival provides performance opportunities for works from company repertoires, works in progress, or works prepared exclusively for this showcase. In its 16th year, the Festival continues to celebrate the many forms and types of dance, cultural and ethnic diversity in dance, dance that pushes traditional definitions and approaches, and dance that is inclusive in opportunities for artists and audiences.

This year’s 5X5 Dance Festival will feature the talents of:

University of Saint Joseph, Eastern Connecticut State University, Legible Bodies, Naugatuck Valley Community College, ATTAK Dance Company, Central Connecticut State University, Ballet Hartford, Immix Dance Company, Dimensional Dance, The End Ensemble, Haley Zdebski and dancers.

Site specific performers include the Sonia Plumb Dance Company, River Valley Dance Project, Mark Burns and Erica Nelson, Moxie Dance Company

“The 5×5 Dance Festival has become a tradition for Connecticut Contemporary dance inspiring the next generation of dancers with Connecticut’s abundantly gifted dance artists,” said 5×5 Founder and Artistic Director Susan Murphy.

Long-time participant and master teacher Lorelei Chang, artistic director dancEnlight Dance Company said, “5×5 Dance Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for local choreographers, dancers and community to showcase their work and share their experiences and passion for dance. dancEnlight has the privilege to participate in such a wonderful program since 2010, and it’s been truly rewarding for our dancers and myself. Most importantly, the festival brings us all together – professional companies and college students sharing experience and the stage together.”

This year’s festival has multiple performance opportunities including four sight specific dance pieces open to anyone in the community and a dance showcases that require the purchase of tickets. The 5X5 Dance Festival weekend also includes master classes, free forums and a mentoring program in which professional companies guide collegiate ensembles.

Free events include the 5X5 Festival’s dance film series, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Films and artist talks which will include panel discussion with the films’ creators. Exhibits prepared by participating companies and professional dance photography exhibitions are also featured.

Ticket Information:

Showcase performance $22 for Adults | $12 for Students

Master Classes $15 for Adults | $10 for Students

Full Festival Pass (includes dinner at the USJ dining hall) $42

Tickets can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555 or online at tickets.usj.edu.

2018 5×5 Dance Festival – Full Schedule

Noon Registration and Welcome

12:30-1:45 p.m. Master Class I  African Dance with Fulbright Scholar Agibou Bougobali Sanou

2-3:15 p.m. Master Class II  Lorelei Chang  Dance & Calligraphy.  Chinese calligraphy inspired movement

12:30-1:30 p.m. Dance Film Series with Artist Talk (AV Room) FREE

2-3 p.m. Dance Film Series with Artist Talk (AV Room)FREE

7 p.m. Site Specific #1 #2 (Lobby) FREE

8:30 p.m. Site Specific #3 #4  (Art Gallery and Lobby) FREE

7:30 p.m. Showcase Performance


Link to 2015 5X5 Highlight Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8PJmFrCPIM

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