A personal and emotional journey for local dancers

High Release Dance

Palo Alto-based dance company High Release Dance will be presenting a series of new works at its home season at the Cubberley Theatre on June 3rd and 4th. The dances, many of which are drawn from personal and emotional experiences of the dancers, range from abstract modern compositions to theatrical works.

Lisa Navarro, who will be performing her first full-length concert with High Release Dance this year, has choreographed a high-energy and passionate dance dedicated to her brother. The subject matter is the many faces of addiction.

Susan Leftwich, also new to High Release Dance, has choreographed a dance about her own experience as a breast cancer survivor, and the impact of sickness on friends, family and community.

Other subjects include the importance of living in the now, the difficulty of meditating, hungry scavengers finding a treasure while a farmer sleeps, and facing the devil.

High Release Dance was founded in 1994 by a group of modern dancers seeking to pursue their own artistic visions and performance opportunities in a collaborative environment. The company has no artistic director, but functions as a collective, with each dancer contributing her particular skills and gifts and decisions being made together.

The upcoming concert is called “NEXUS”, and will be on June 3rd and 4th, 2011 at Cubberley Theater in Palo Alto. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. More information is available at: http://www.highrelease.org/