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Malashock Dance takes on the "Bully" issue in "RAW3" series

SAN DIEGO — Malashock Dance, a local leader in contemporary dance and arts education since 1988, brings “Malashock/RAW” back to the San Diego stage.

Now in its third year, “Malashock/RAW3” features new choreography by artistic director John Malashock, associate artistic director Michael Mizerany and guest choreographer Regina Klenjoski of the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company in Long Beach, Calif.

The trio say they have created cutting-edge and provocative new works, poised to shock and delight audiences.

In “Uneasy Surrender,” Malashock tackles the shadowy, inner battle between the desire for a life imagined and acceptance of the life that is. These opposing dramas fuel a dance landscape that is visually unpredictable, emotionally super-charged, and physically on-edge. Seven dancers physicalize this uneasy match between our minds and a universe that refuses to act the way we want it to.

Klenjoski will debut “Splinter,” which examines the complex emotions surrounding betrayal. Anger, power and the implosion of self are explored while the dance contemplates who is the real victor — the one who betrays or the one who forgives?

Mizerany will premiere “Bully,” which he calls unabashedly bold and undeniably risky. “Bully” is a wry and relentless examination of raw intimidation, physical coercion and emotional manipulation.

"My new work, 'Bully," is a very personal story," Mizerany said. "In fact, it is autobiographical. It is not only about the act of bullying, but how we react to being bullied. How it pulls us apart from the people we love. And how, sometimes, in an effort to hide who we really are, we become bullies ourselves.

"With 'RAW3' being one of Malashock Dance's more edgy and cutting productions, I knew I could address this subject matter in a very real and meaningful way," he said. "Dance is a visceral, dynamic and versatile art form and is the perfect way to tell such a physical and emotional story."

Panel discussion on bullying

October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, and after the Saturday, Oct. 27 show, Malashock Dance will host an audience “talk back” – a panel discussion featuring insight from dancers, dance educators, and local experts on the topic of bullying. Featured panelists include Walter Meyer, author of “Rounding Third,” and Robert Wagner from La Jolla Country Day School’s Dance Program.

Meyer’s novel, “Rounding Third,” deals with teens being bullied until one of them can’t take it any longer and attempts suicide. Meyer has coordinated an anti-bullying program with members of the San Diego Unified school board and San Diego City Council, and he is certified by “No Bully” to conduct their programs in schools. Audience members will have an opportunity to join the discourse.

“Malashock/RAW3” runs Oct. 18-28 at the Malashock Dance Studio at Dance Place San Diego in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. RAW3 tickets are currently on sale. General admission tickets are $25. After the San Diego run, “Malashock/RAW3” moves to the Live Arts Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 9 and 10.

About Malashock Dance

Malashock Dance is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by John Malashock in 1988. A high-quality, innovative modern dance company that has performed contemporary dance productions both nationally and internationally while serving as a local dance education and training leader for 25 years, Malashock Dance’s mission is to provide transformational experiences through the creation, performance, and teaching of dance that fire the imagination and celebrate the human spirit. Malashock Dance and The Malashock Dance School is located in Dance Place San Diego, on the historic grounds of NTC Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 202, San Diego, Calif. 92106. Learn more at www.malashockdance.org or on Facebook or Twitter at @Malashock.

The details

“Malashock/RAW3”

Oct. 18-28: 8 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 pm Sundays

Malashock Dance Studio at Dance Place San Diego, NTC Liberty Station
2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 202, San Diego, Calif. 92106

Tickets: $25

Website: www.malashockdance.org

Phone: 619-260-1622