The Slaughter Project
THE SLAUGHTER PROJECT, under the artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter, is the resident dance company of the Performing Arts Department. Slaughter is Professor of the Practice in Dance in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University. The Project serves as a forum that encourages and promotes the vision and expression of its emerging choreographers and dancers. We bring to the stage an energetic ensemble of 25 dancers of diverse training reflecting the resilient nature of the human spirit.
Choreographers include Cecil Slaughter, along with company members Ryadah Heiskell, and Marleigh Stern.
Ryadah Heiskell’s “Refractions” features five dancers in a hip-hop inspired work based on how waves of light and sound change according to the density or qualities of the atmosphere through which they are moving.
Marleigh Stern’s “Uprooted” explores the difficulty of pulling away and leaving behind our past experiences.
Other works to be performed include excerpts from audience favorites such as “Grid”, a meditation on societal constructs of ethnicity and gender, “Neophyte”, one of two works depicting ritualistic rites of passage, and “Pulse” an explosively dynamic work that highlights the company’s signature style. The Slaughter Project is co-sponsored by Washington University Performing Arts Department.
Washington University Student Dance Showcase
The Washington University Student Dance Showcase is a concert that runs every other spring and is choreographed, danced, directed, and designed entirely by students. It serves as an opportunity for student choreographers to showcase their work in a professional-style concert, while experiencing the autonomy and personal responsibility of working on a student-run production. The student-oriented nature of the showcase leads to an exciting variety of works and aesthetics. The 2013 showcase, entitled "STL: Step, Turn, Leap!" featured a cast of nearly thirty dancers in works by sixteen different choreographers. It also showcased the talents of six student lighting designers. The concert included contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop/contemporary, and aerial dance styles, with themes ranging anywhere from comedy to deep social commentary
Young Choreograhers Showcase
Young Choreograhers Showcase is a biannual dance event that features the choreographic talent of Washington University's best student artists. This is an evening of engaging new dance works, representing the diversity of style and the excellence of our dance program.