For many, the term “soul mate” maintains a very distinct, unique meaning. It can relate to true love or best friends, but either way the connotation is very personal to the individual who uses the term. The Michigan Dance Project, being a professional contemporary based company presents a high-energy, emotionally driven experience about the meaning of this term in the original dance production “SoulMates,”choreographed by founder and director Kathy King and assistant creative director Travis Staton-Marrero, while being sponsored by C & B Machinery of Livonia and Huntington National Bank.
What makes SoulMates so unique is that it combines contemporary and hip hop dance, while being accompanied by an exciting blend of music to take the audience on a journey in understanding the many concepts of a “soul mate.” The seven Michigan Dance Project company members and seven apprentices emote real life feelings through out the constantly shifting styles of movement while maintaining quirky nuances for a wholly developed show. “SoulMates is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to experience a unique night of entertainment while also supporting many local performing artists,” explains King. Though the story lines of the different pieces are not necessarily meant to continue into one another, they stand strong enough on their own as representation of situations that one may encounter in his or her life with any type of “soul mate.”
The Michigan Dance Project was founded in 2006 and is based out of Brighton, MI with the mission of providing professional training opportunities and greater career options for dancers statewide. To promote the professional experience, the company has toured to many different performance venues, but finds a returning comfort in the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI. This little black box theater will be the last host of the SoulMates production in the Michigan Dance Project’s performance season. “I live and work in the Washtenaw County community, which makes this performance very special to me,” says King.
SoulMates will be performed on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 20th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door, with discounts available to groups of 10 or more. Since seating is limited, pre-purchased tickets are recommended and can be ordered through www.michigandanceproject.com, however tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to the show. Group orders should be directed to email@example.com, along with any other questions or inquiries.
Written By: Megan Drabant