Crisis in Meaning
by Chaddick Dance Theater

Feb. 24 - Feb. 25, 2018

In collaboration with music composer, John Michael Hunt, this year’s premiere theatrical dance piece, Crisis in Meaning, is based on the idea of the Tibetan mandala. A profoundly spiritual object, the Tibetan mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones through a Buddhist ritual. Just as the mandala rituals are sacred and unique, Crisis in Meaning is a temporary experience to bless and enlilghten viewers before it disappears forever.  


Dressed in colorful costumes, the cast of ten modern dancers will fuse outspoken movement and vigorous partnering to explore mandalas and their meaning. An overhead camera will project the dance mandala from a God-like point-of-view, to create a Kaleidoscope effect for the audience as they watch the view from above as well as their own view.


2017 Dance Festival (photo by Mattias Allegro)


“I was inspired when I learned about the mandala’s healing power and how it’s a part of a ritual that exists in space for a brief time and then vanishes, much like the performances we do as dancers and actors on a stage,” says choreographer Cheryl Chaddick. “This work illuminates the spirituality in dance and the personal journey we each take to improve ourselves and find our version of enlightenment.”


In addition to the premiere dance, Tracking Connections, a six-minute duet that debuted in October, will be performed. The dance, which was presented at the 2017 Waco Dance Festival, is a conversation of conflicted opinions and needs in a long-term relationship; a tug-of-war as each partner tries to gain power, visibility and validation without losing the other.


Due to the nature of this year’s winter concert showcase (bringing together more dancers and a larger theater), Chaddick Dance Theater has incurred more production costs this year. To support Chaddick Dance Theater’s dancers and their show, Four Corners in a Circle, the community can help cover production costs by donating HERE.



Four Corners in a Circle: Crisis of Meaning

Choreography: Cheryl Chaddick and Cameron Oefinger

Dancers: Kevin Armstrong, Angela Benz, Amber Bright, Cara Cook, Sandie Donzica, Isaac Iskra, Cameron Oefinger, Aurelio Planes, Tristan Rogers, and Emily Rushing

Music: John Michael Hunt


Tracking Connections

Choreography: Cheryl Chaddick

Dancers: Angela Benz and Cameron Oefinger

Music: David Lanz



For more information about Chaddick Dance Theater and the Four Corners in a Circle performances, visit the Chaddick Dance Theater website HERE.


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Founded in 2007, Chaddick Dance Theater is an Austin-based modern dance company led by choreographer and dancer Cheryl Chaddick. The performances explore themes of identity and individual truths driven by personal research and exploration. Through movement-centric choreography, Chaddick and her dance company tell stories of human elements.

Crisis in Meaning
by John Michael Hunt, Cheryl Chaddick Dance Company
Chaddick Dance Theater

February 24 - February 25, 2018
AustinVentures Studio Theatre
501 W. Third Street
Austin, TX, 78701

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 8:00 pm**

   Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 7:00pm

**this performance will be followed by a Q&A with cast and director


Austin Ventures Studio Theater

501 W. 3rd Street

Austin, TX 78701


TICKETS: Adults in advance: $20; at the door: $25

Seniors and students with valid ID: $15

Tickets can be purchased in advance - click HERE 

Additional donations are requested; they're accepted HERE.


(photo by Mattias Allegro)


[photos: Mattias Allegro]