Photos: John Brandon
Looking for something to do on Halloween that will offer you more than playing dress-up and dancing to “The Monster Mash”? SB Dance has something for you. Of Meat and Marrow will be performed at the Rose Wagner Theatre on October 25–27. A “rock-opera-dance-circus” for a mature audience, the show is equal parts sexy and silly, with horrifying monstrosity. “It’s a reminder that kids are not the only ones who can trick or treat,” says Liberty Valentine, a performer in this year’s show.
Though SB Dance is the smallest resident organization of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Stephen Brown, director of SB Dance, did not let the challenges of funding or marketing stop him from his grandiose vision. Starting with a concept of an alternative Halloween performance, he started piecing together threads from pre-existing ideas, with the desire to include live rock n’ roll music with the performance. Valentine suggested a collaboration with local band Totem & Taboo, who were thrilled to join forces in the creation of a theatrical modern dance performance with a “mish-mosh of awesome,” as it was sold to singer Vanessa Angulo. This produced a unique blend of forces as the band was given equal footing onstage to the dancers, rather than having a performance with recorded songs or with the players hidden from the audience. “It’s an idea, ultimately, that had to do with what we wanted to get across. We wanted the power of the music, and you can’t really get that power—or I don’t really want it, when I’m 80 feet from the band. I want to be like, 20 feet from them, because I wanted it to have that forceful musical experience,” says Brown.