Dancers in the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre aren't really mermaids — they're just integrating themselves into the community, including along the art-adorned wall at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Building at Fifth and G streets. The troupe will perform in concert Nov. 6, 11 and 12. Courtesy photo


Trokanski presents ‘Sheep/Wolves’ as fall dance performance

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What: “Sheep/Wolves/We the People”

When: Preview: 3 p.m. Nov. 6. Regular: 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12

Where: Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis

Tickets: $10 in advance at the workshop or at the door, 30 minutes before showtime

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens its 2011-12 season with the premiere of “Sheep/Wolves/We the People.”

The preview performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the in-house theater at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place in Davis. Regular performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12.

All seats are $10. Tickets are available now at the dance workshop or at the door 30 minutes before each show.

“Sheep/Wolves” is a thoughtful, and often humorous, look at how we define ourselves and others, as individuals, groups and nations. Set to music by a wide range of artists — including The Mountain Goats, Courtney Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Suzanne Vega and Meat Loaf — recorded interviews and text by Trokanski, the work examines our tendency to relate to the attributes of other animals, as we try to define ourselves and our relationships.

It is also a somewhat “tongue in cheek” exploration of the implications of this process.

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Davis. Since its first concert in spring 1985, the PTDT has presented both fall and spring concerts each year, premiering new works and maintaining repertory for 27 years.

The company is committed to community outreach. In addition to producing the annual Davis Dance Project, open to children 12 and younger for free, PTDT also funds free classes for senior citizens and free classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, in partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

“We recently performed at the International Festival, ‘Unity in Diversity,’ and were a big hit there,” Trokanski said, ” but many of the people there didn’t know that we existed.”

Local residents might have seen Trokanski’s dancers at the grand reopening last December of the Stephens Branch Library, at “flash mob” performances at the E Street Plaza and at the Davis Food Co-op’s “Eat Local” event.

“And now, dance fans will get to see a whole concert featuring the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre,” she said.

Performing with the PTDT is the Apprentice Company, a small, select group of younger dancers committed to working with a professional company. In addition, The Third Stage, a multi-generational, contemporary company, joins PTDT in this work.

The company is best known for its accessible, athletic approach to dances that unite personal experience and contemporary culture in stories of the human experience.

For more information, call Trokanski at (530) 756-3949.

Special to The Enterprise

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