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Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak’s The Delicate Hour comes to Conwell Theater

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Choreographer Molly Shanahan’s critically-acclaimed evening-length quartet The Delicate Hour will receive its Philadelphia premiere in Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater, on Friday and Saturday, January 23 & 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Conwell Dance Theater is located on the 5th floor of Conwell Hall at 1801 North Broad Street on Temple’s main campus.

The Delicate Hour is the most recent iteration of her years-long “Stamina of Curiosity” project, in which Shanahan continues to advance her evolving and idiosyncratic movement vocabulary, a synthesis of embodied spirals and nuanced shifts of internal energy made trans- parent for the witness. The current ensemble members performing in this iteration with Shanahan are Kristina Fluty, Benjamin Law, and Jessie Marasa.

Themes of The Delicate Hour began to emerge during a solo residency in December of 2010 at Silo in rural Pennsylvania. For Shanahan at that time, “the delicate hour” was her attempt to describe the haunting hour of sunset: “…when everything is changing, nothing graspable, yet filled with a poignancy that still brings me to tears. I felt the whole world changing before my eyes, and since then I’ve looked back on those moments as a metaphor for movement: the magic of change and the promise of loss in a second-by-second dead heat.”

Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak is the creative home for Shanahan’s collaborations and research in movement, dancemaking and public engagement. The company has been a leading force in Chicago’s ever-burgeoning dance environment, and slowly moving into a broader national presence. Shanahan is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her work, including two National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, an Illinois Arts Council Fellow- ship for her solo My Name is a Blackbird, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists Award, and the 2010 Meier Achievement Award for mid-career risk, accomplishment, and promise for future contributions to her field. Her work has been performed at The Dance Center Co- lumbia College Chicago, MCA/Chicago, Links Hall (Chicago), Alverno Presents (Milwau- kee), Joyce SoHo (New York), Tangente (Montreal), among others. Shanahan was on the fac- ulty at Northwestern University’s Dance Program prior to pursuing a doctorate in Dance; she is a Presidential Fellow in the Dance Department at Temple University under the mentorship of dissertation advisor Dr. Karen Bond. Her recent article “My Name is a Blackbird: release, transparency, and agency,” was awarded the Linda Rolfe New Writers Prize from Research in Dance Education and appears in the current special issue “Innovations in Arts Practice.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and senior citizens, $10 for Temple Employees and Dance Professionals and $5 with OWLcard. Ticket sales for dance performances are available at, at 1-800-298-4200, in person at the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street, open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, or at venue 45 minutes before the performance.

The Delicate Hour
Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
Friday and Saturday, January 23 & 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Conwell Dance Theater, 5th floor, 1801 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
$20 for general admission, $15 for students and senior citizens
Purchase at or  call 1-800-298-4200

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