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Dance Cure Troupe Peforms Eclectic 'Widow's Spin' at OWU

December 20, 2000

[ 'The Widow's Spin' Troupe Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, The Dance Cure troupe and its choreographer/founder, Natalie Marrone, will perform an eclectic collection of dances titled The Widow's Spin: Contemporary Dances of an Ancient Myth in the Chappelear Drama Center on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on both evenings, with ticket prices at the door ranging from $5 for students and seniors, to $8 for OWU faculty and staff, and $10 for general admission. A group rate is available for viewers of 10 or more. Sponsors for the program include Ohio Dance, the Columbus Dance Theater, and the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre and Dance.

Spin is comprised largely of contemporary dance styles -- modern, jazz, hip hop and even trapeze arts -- that revolve around various elements of Italian culture and Italian-American stereotypes.

"I call myself an Italian-American choreographer because my work inherently incorporates my Italian ethnicity," says Marrone. "The Widow's Spin reflects this heritage as it moves between highly personal, dramatic dancing and highly stylized, comedic movement."

"It has been an incredible experience for me to be in this production. Working with Natalie Marrone is very inspiring," says Ohio Wesleyan senior Leia Davies. "This production is a unique mix of dance and theatre."

The titular piece involves a traditional Italian folk dance known as the Tarantella, which was once believed to cure the poisonous bite of the tarantula. The dance is performed by a widow, who appears through the performance watching and sometimes commenting on the other dances.

The performance also marks the debut of a new piece by Marrone, Delicatessen Dreams, which features Delaware native Sarah Cook as "Antonio," an Italian deli owner who falls in love with a beautiful woman who visits his store.

"I created this dance with my own father in mind, who owns a delicatessen in West New York, New Jersey. I turned the delicatessen into a fantasy world in which I play with gender role reversal, as [people] often do during Carnival time in Italy," says Marrone.

For ticket reservations or additional information, contact the Chappelear box office at 740-368-3855 or Natalie Marrone at (614) 487-0148.