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Dance company offers world premiere

Doug Elkins Dance Company will be presenting a world premiere performance at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College on Feb. 4.

“Hapless Bizarre,” a contemporary dance that melds slapstick comedy with hip-hop moves and ragtime music, will be performed along with Elkins’ more shadowy “Mo(or)town Redux,” named one of the top 10 dance pieces of 2013 by the New York Times.

In conjunction with this performance, Elkins will lead a dance master class on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of KSC’s Young Student Center. The same day, Elkins also will present a pre-show talk about “Mo(or)town/Redux” at 6:45 p.m. and a post-show discussion on “Hapless Bizarre” with Maura Keefe, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival scholar-in-residence.

The pre-show talk will take place in the Harry Davis Room off the Redfern main lobby, and the post-show talk and reception will take place in the Redfern lobby. These programs are free and open to the public.

Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer and 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow. He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $15 depending on seating.

To reserve tickets, call the box office at 358-2168 or order online at

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