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PUSH Theatre to perform Nov. 9

PUSH Theatre performers
PUSH Theatre performers

Penn State Hazleton's next cultural event on Tues., November 9, will feature a theatre of the body – an incredible combination of mime, dance and gymnastics called PUSH Theatre. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at the campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Performances by PUSH cannot be described solely in words. The shows are about movements and the emotions from which they spring. Audiences watching a PUSH routine might see representations of pain, grief, separation, aggression and reunion. Cast members mold themselves into living sculptures, execute moves of dancers and gymnasts and display humanity in their postures. One tilt of the head looks comic, another tragic.

 

Members of the ensemble formed a decade ago by husband-and-wife team, Darren and Heather Stevenson, are gifted gymnasts, actors and dancers. They’ve entertained Olympic hopefuls at the U.S. Classics Gymnastics Championships. But they’ve also performed a routine called “Soldiers” for audiences touched by both Gulf wars and choreographed a number called “-abled” using walkers and crutches for performers with disabilities in their home city of Rochester, N.Y.

 

Additional information and performance clips are available at www.pushtheatre.org.

 

The next performance in the series, scheduled for 8 p.m, Thurs., January 27, will feature the sounds of tenor saxophonist Michael Karn, along with Manhattan Jazz.

 

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (570) 450-3180.

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