Jan. 31 --Sequels have become standard operating procedure in the world of movies, from "The Dark Knight Rises" to "Iron Man 3." So why shouldn't a dance company adopt that strategy -- especially when the original production called for an encore? That's the idea behind "Pulse II -- The Rhythm Continues," which MADCO will perform this weekend at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center . The all-new program of choreography and music finds the company once again teaming up with the music department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis . As with their previous joint effort -- "Pulse!" in October 2011 -- the music will be performed live by percussionist Matt Henry and his students. "I thought it was going to be a one-time thing," says Stacy West , executive and artistic director of MADCO, which is UMSL's resident dance company. "But it was just a really successful collaboration, and there was a lot of good that came out of it." The program will include "Pulse" and "Crossing the Line" by R. Vance Baldwin , "Synergy" by Jason Flodder , "Spiraling Downward" by Claire Hilleren , "Sanzaru" by Brandon Fink and "Untied" by Cecil Slaughter . Except for "Untied," the pieces are choreographed by MADCO dancers. "When you have dancers choreographing, who are still in their prime as dancers, what you get is lots of movement," West says. "These people are cranking out movement that they love to do themselves. And for me, that's the thing that's fun to watch." Flodder's "Synergy" is set to three compositions by UMSL professor of music Barbara Harbach : "Fiddleflirt," "Twilight Dream" and "Dancedevil." "I've had these three pieces of music on my computer for years, waiting for the right opportunity," West says. Set to composer Axel Fries' "Pling 4" and involving a rope hanging from the ceiling, Hilleren's "Spiraling Downward" is a solo piece that she will perform herself. "Claire is pretty amazing on a rope -- she's been studying aerial dance for years," West says. "It's really about strength, agility and the athleticism of a dancer." While "Pulse II" includes some large-group work, the program will also showcase the dancers in smaller configurations than usual, West says. "We're really known for our big, high-energy, full-company pieces," she says. "But when it came to this show, I said to the dancers, how do you guys feel about doing more duets, more trios? And they were excited about it." What MADCO: "Pulse II -- The Rhythm Continues" --When 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday --Where Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center , University of Missouri-St. Louis , 8001 Natural Bridge Road --How much $25 --More info 314-516-4949 or touhill.org ___ (c)2014 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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