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Sonia Plumb Dance Company Goes ‘Off The Grid’

Meghan McDermott and Spencer Pond in a photo from “Too Close to the Light:” Photo credit: Jeffrey Schlichter

The ‘up close and unplugged’ dance concert will be held in West Hartford on March 7–8, 2015.

Submitted by Herb Emanuelson, PR Director, Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Meghan McDermott and Spencer Pond in a photo from “Too Close to the Light:” Photo credit: Jeffrey Schlichter

Meghan McDermott and Spencer Pond in a photo from “Too Close to the Light:” Photo credit: Jeffrey Schlichter

It’s Sonia Plumb Dance Company “unplugged,” when this inspired modern dance company performs “Off The Grid” on Saturday March 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Lisa Matias Dance Center, 635 New Park Ave. in West Hartford.

Audience members will be up close and personal, when the Company performs three audience favorites and one exciting new section from “The Odyssey,” its full-length dance based on Homer’s epic poem that premieres this October.

“How close will you get?” Artistic Director Sonia Plumb teases. “Audience members will be just a few feet away from the action. And, without the curtains, lights and special effects, you’ll witness our dancers on their own, demonstrating their outstanding technique and emotional intensity.”

The three audience favorites being performed at the “Off The Grid” dance concert are the emotional “River” from “Water Wars” (2012), the beautiful “Too Close to the Light” from “Shadows and Light” (2013) and “Privacy Settings” (2014), which is the Company’s exploration of with our obsession with social media, selfies and the issues that made reality TV and the NSA overreach part of our daily lives. And, audience members will get a sneak peek at the creative development process with the premier of the haunting “Sirens,” just one of the sections from the Company’s latest production, which will be staged at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on October 2–4, 2015.

Tickets are just $10 each for “Off The Grid,” but seating is limited. So, audience members are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance by calling (860) 508-9082 or emailing [email protected].

“Off The Grid” is just one of the 2015 performances, community outreach events and educational workshops that Sonia Plumb Dance Company will be staging to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Like “The Odyssey,” an arts career spanning 25 years is an epic journey in its own right.

Learn more about the upcoming “Off The Grid” dance concert, “The Odyssey” premiere in October and the educational programs of Sonia Plumb Dance Company by visiting their website at www.SoniaPlumbDance.org or following them at www. Facebook.com/SoniaPlumbDance.

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