"In Between Halloween," a program of original choreographies by Melinda McIlwaine, will take place at Artspace, 345 Pierpont Ave., on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27, 28 and 29, at 8 p.m. McIlwaine has assembled a company of 11 adults and three children to dance her works.
Her varied program will include "Wall Space," a vertical piece utilizing a 12-foot-high wall prop, which incorporates her interest in rock climbing. "Moving Words" is a structured improvisation for four dancers, for which the score is the voices of the moving performers. The longest piece is "Girls Will Be Boys," for a sextet of women playing out male archetypal characters.McIlwaine comes from New Hampshire and graduated from the University of Massachusetts dance department. She also studied in the graduate dance program at the University of Utah.
She has been producing her own work for the past 10 years, in the East and in Utah. Her activities in Salt Lake City have included last fall's "Moonshine," an outdoor moonlit production at Pioneer Trail State Park; a piece for the U. May Fest last spring; and artist residencies and student productions in the Open Classroom alternative school. She has taught and choreographed for Pearl Wagstaff's studio and is currently teaching for the Department of Continuing Education at the U.
"My objective is to teach less and produce more. Choreography is really what I want to do," said McIlwaine. She hopes later this year to produce a dance drama, "Coyote Tales," with stories from the Southwest Indian legacy.
Tickets for "In Between Halloween" will be $4 at the door.