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Collaborative dance performance tonight

A dance performance of excerpts from The Main Street Project will be held at the Redfern Arts Center’s Season Kickoff Party tonight.

Mathew Janczewski’s Arena Dances, a Minneapolis-based dance troupe, was in residence from Sept. 9 to 12 at Keene State College to work on a new dance with community and campus members. Dancers from KSC’s Dance Program, MoCo Arts in Keene, and senior citizens enrolled in the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning worked with Arena Dances on The Main Street Project at various times during the week.

Arena Dances’ intergenerational residency will culminate with a performance of excerpts of the Project at the Kick-off Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Main Street Project, to be completed in the spring of 2014, will be an evening-length performance that moves between physical and digital space to explore how technology alters our personal connections and changes the face of small town America. Within the piece, electro/techno/pop music combines with folk-inspired songs to illuminate themes of isolation and belonging, and filmed interviews with everyday people from multiple communities bridge the gap between today and yesterday.

The project combines explosive movement with intimate narrative to ask the question, “Does Main Street still exist?”

Admission is free. For further information, contact Sharon Fantl at 358-2167.

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