The Department of Dance Presents In Sync

In Sync event photo

The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University celebrates movement and innovation by leading off the 2021-22 season with “In Sync”, a collection of new and revisited dance works.

All attendees are required to be vaccinated and must properly wear a mask at all times while on CWRU’s campus.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors age 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Student discounts are not available for the November 6 performance. Reservations may be made by calling (216) 368-5246 or online at

“In Sync” features the newest production of ‘Les Noces’ by Pascal Rioult, the return of Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Like Fragments of an Old Song’, as well as the premiere of ‘Ubi Sunt’ by department chair Karen Potter. A 2019 audience favorite ‘Brothers’ by Gary Galbraith will also return, along with the premiere of the companion piece ‘Sisters’.

‘Les Noces’, by two time recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography Pascal Rioult, is a sexually charged deconstruction of the marriage ritual, infusing the strong structural composition with provocative movement and unabashed energy.

Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Like Fragments of an Old Song’ is set to and inspired by “Broad and Free”, a composition for violin and piano by contemporary composer Caroline Shaw. The work was created during Tanowitz’s eight day CWRU residency in 2019 and explores fragmented movements woven together by the dancers’ connectivity and intuition, with an homage to the history of Mather Dance Center.

Created by chair of the department Karen Potter, ‘Ubi Sunt’ is a somber dance for 10 women that was loosely inspired by the sadness endured when losing a loved one.

‘Brothers’, premiered in 2019 by Galbraith, showcases 7 of the men of the dance department. Set to the music of Barbatuques, ‘Brothers’ brings forward a camaraderie among the men in a highly rhythmic and dynamic field of motion. Drawing from the strengths of the men, this dance has a tribal quality yet remains a contemporary, communal ensemble.

Also on the program is the premiere of ‘Sisters’, the companion piece to ‘Brothers’, thus completing the Sibling series. Like ‘Brothers’, ‘Sisters’ features a cast of 7 women and shares the same kind of tribal and primitive feeling yet remains contemporary. Utilizing the driving score by Mikkael Karlsson, Sisters is a celebration of the communal power and strength of women.

**Increasing COVID-19 cases within Northeast Ohio have prompted Case Western Reserve to resume its requirement that masks be worn indoors. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.**