Multimedia Performance Addresses Cancer

Companydance will perform "Swing a Club: facing cancer," a powerful multimedia dance work, Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. in the Kresge Theatre at Willamette University. There is a $5 suggested donation, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Call the theatre box office at 503-370-6221 or email to reserve tickets.

Through the use of dance, visual art, text and music, Swing a Club explores themes of life and death, hope and grief, support and letting go. The integration of several forms of expression creates multiple points of entry that make the work accessible to everyone. This event is the inaugural program of a series featuring speakers and performers who use new technologies in the creation and presentation of art works in a variety of media. The work was conceived and directed by Anthony Roberts, artist in residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Roberts also performs with the troupe.

"This is an opportunity for us to say 'this is what matters to me' and to honor that," Roberts said in describing his work. "It's about getting closer to your family and what you love and asking yourself how you are going to pass on that love to others."

The program is sponsored by the Keck Initiative in the Arts and Technology in cooperation with Willamette University Integrated Technology Services.