60×60 Dance
Underwritten by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 – 7:30 pm

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd.


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HEARding Cats Collective is proud to bring the 2010 mix of 60×60 Dance to

Native St. Louisan Hettie Barnhill (currently in Broadway’s “Fela”)

St. Louis!  With financial underwriting provided by the generosity of the Fox

Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, HEARding Cats will present 60×60 Dance at the Sheldon Concert Hall during the American Arts Experience festival.  The event will also be broadcast live on HEC-TV Presents: 60×60 Dance Live!

Created by New York-based composer and new music impresario Robert Voisey, 60×60 Dance, is a masterfully coordinated multimedia collaboration that features a wide diversity of aesthetics.  The work pairs 60 unique 60-second music compositions—each by a different composer—with 60 St. Louis choreographers for a continuous one-hour concert of music and live dance.

Philip Edgecomb – photo by Eileen Ryan

Each year the music and dance are new.  For the 2010 mix, Voisey received more than 600 one-minute musical submissions from national and international composers, which he then narrowed to 60, 60-second pieces to form the one-hour recording.  Because St. Louis choreographers and dancers are given artistic power to create their own expression for their assigned 60-second piece, the production is different every time it’s produced in different cities around the world.  After a recent performance in London in July of 2010, Voisey has now been invited to create 60×60 Dance in Toronto and Amsterdam.

60×60 Dance will showcase the finest dancers and choreographers in St. Louis for an opportunity to create an evening of magical abstract expression.  Budding choreographers and dancers will be exposed to the sophisticated patrons of the American Arts Experience in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall.  In the past, the 60-second “musical haikus” have

aTrek – photo by Lindsay Kelly Stewart

ranged from avant-garde sampled/re-mixed found sounds, to smooth jazz.  In

performance, this wide musical variety results in a mixture of dance pieces that involve individuals as well as groups in very traditional, but also futuristic, creative dance techniques.

The October 2010 production will feature entirely new music compositions and dance creations.  To date, in

Ashleyliane Dance Company photo by Ken Stilson

addition to many individuals, participating organizations include: Midwest Dance Theater, First Dance Saint Louis, Kari James Dance Network, Stardance, Inc., aTrek Dance Collective, Ashleyliane Dance Company, Los Flamencos, You Are Here Dance, ANNONYArts, The Slaughter Project, Alexandra Ballet, Ballet Initiative, Final Veil, Dances of India, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, and Serendipity Dance Project.

For more info, visit, or×60/60x60_Dance.htm.

Daedalus Cacophonus – a beautiful movement of sound and flesh

Featuring Joe McPhee
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 – 6 pm

Old Post Office Plaza (9th and Locust)
Free and open to the public

HEARding Cats Collective has received a generous grant from DowntownNow! and Missouri Arts Council to create Daedalus Cacophonus at the Old Post Office Plaza.  The event will take place Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6 pm, and feature an evolving percussive landscape led by Artistic Director Rich O’Donnell (SLSO principal percussionist, retired), dancers from Ashleyliane Dance Company, ANNONYArts; a variety of local poets (Anna Lum, Brett Underwood, Richard Newman), and New York jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee.

The event is free and open to the public.

In homage to Daedalus, an ancient Greek craftsman so skilled that his sculptures “seemed to move about,” HEARding Cats Collective will assemble

team of local professional musicians, poets, and dancers for a

mesmerizing 75 minute multimedia cultural journey.  The music will inspire dancers and audience alike to move about – just like one of Daedalus’ creations.

The core musical element of the piece is an ensemble of 5 percussionists (O’Donnell, Papa Wright, Craig Williams, Adam Rugo, and Thomas Zirkle) belting out world rhythms on bass and hand drums; meanwhile troupes of dancers, dressed statuesque in togas will groove to the beats; other sections will feature quieter duo and Matt Henry and Thomas Zirklesolo sections combining poetry with improvised saxophone (McPhee); and later, mallet percussion with splash cymbals and water gongs – making use of the basin at the plaza.

Mark your calendars and come join the other cool cats for this evening of dynamic artistic expression on a beautiful September night in downtown St. Louis!