November 30, 2022

Polarizing Politics is Topic of Dance Theatre Production

INTERACTIVE DANCE: Jackson Jules of Trenton rehearses for “Us vs. Them, an Interactive Dance Theatre Collage,” December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the MCCC Studio Theatre, CM 122, next to Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor.

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Academic Theatre and Dance Company presents “Us vs. Them, an Interactive Dance Theatre Collage” Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre, CM 122 next to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, and children.
The theme is the current state of affairs. It is 2022 and the United States feels more divided than ever. Amid polarizing politics and the rise of social media, “we the people” are left only to what we know and to pick a side. But who is us and who is them? Through a collage of movement and original songs, the performers take spectators on an interactive journey, with familiar faces aimed at making audience members laugh and sympathize while giving them a chance to
decide for themselves.

“We are living in very unusual times and ‘Us vs. Them’ explores this idea of taking sides in a beautifully collaborative fashion,” said Jody Gazenbeek-Person, coordinator of MCCC’s Academic Theatre and Dance Program.

Last winter’s Academic Theatre and Dance Company original work entitled “The 9/11 Memorial Performance Project” was selected for the Excellence in Devised Theatre Award, Region II, at the last virtual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. MCCC was the only community college among participants from two- and four-year schools last winter to win a performance award.

“We are all really excited about our new production and we are hoping this provocative interactive collage catches the attention of the 2023 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival,” said Gazenbeek-Person. “Two representatives from the festival will be coming to see the show, and we hope for an invitation to the festival thereafter.”
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