SAN DIEGO -- Malashock Dance will present “Hidden Agendas,” an evening of personal, intimate and revealing dance works exploring emotional manipulation, physical longing and secret rendezvous, on May 11-13.
“Hidden Agendas” will include the premiere of “In The Dark” by renowned choreographer John Malashock, the dance company’s artistic director. In this new work, Malashock continues his development of compelling characters in this edgy series of chance meetings in the shadowy world of the mind.
The spring show will also feature an award-winning, brazenly audacious and wry dance work about male self-indulgence and gratification called “Bump In The Road.” It was originally created by Michael Mizerany, associate artistic director at Malashock Dance, who was awarded the 1996 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for this unabashedly bold and undeniably risky piece. It will be performed by Malashock Dance’s Nicholas Strasburg, who will step into role of the gyrating exhibitionist.
“Michael Mizerany took a break from the traditional with his unique and witty modern piece BUMP IN THE ROAD. With each off-center balance or side-tilted hand stand, Mizerany demonstrated taut control...” Pamela Hurley Diamond wrote in Dance Magazine.
“Hidden Agendas” will also present Mizerany’s duet “Let Me Into Your Skin,” inspired by the play “Beautiful Thing,” an erotically charged yet tenderly sweet piece that revels in the gentleness of a slow caress and the anticipation of a first kiss. The piece was commissioned by Diversionary Theater for its 2011 Dance/Theater event.
“Dancers Nicholas Strasburg and John Fulgham are superb in lifts, and they can act. Their expressions and timing build tension, and their interactions never feel hokey. Regardless of your sexual orientation, under Mizerany's direction, their experience feels humanly real and loving,” Kris Eitland wrote on SanDiego.com.
After a one-year hiatus, Mizerany returns to the stage to perform in one of John Malashock’s signature duets from “Window Dressers.” This abstractly voyeuristic piece passionately portrays the boundless sweep of human beauty and sorrow.
“Hidden Agendas” will also feature two guest choreographers. International improvisational artist Lydia Zimmer will present the San Diego premiere of “Memoriae,” a work that examines the qualities that make us human. Aerial artist Laura Dasi will showcase “Tango In The Air,” a story of longing, passion and desire.
All performances will be held at Malashock Dance Studio, Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Road, Studio 200, San Diego, CA 92106. Shows are at 8 pm Friday and Saturday; and 7 pm Sunday.
There will be a special Mother’s Day pre-performance reception on May 13. Appetizers, wine and desserts will be offered prior to the 7 pm performance. Advance tickets for the Mother’s Day event is $25; day-of-show: $30.