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STLCC Students Present International Theatre Project

July 21, 2010

Actors and musicians from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will join dancers from Orizon Danze in Buston Garolfo, Italy, to perform Worlds Apart, Ma Non Così Diversi at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA).

 

This original work was developed as a collaboration by the STLCC students and their European counterparts and was performed in three Italian cities before recently making its United States debut.

 

Set in the early 1900s, Worlds Apart is a story of Italian immigration, African-American migration, friendship and acceptance as told through dance, music and text in a style reminiscent of ancient Greek drama. In it, two men from very different backgrounds meet working in the clay mines of St. Louis, where their lives become inextricably woven together.

 

The production features both Italian folk music and turn-of-the-century American music and utilizes a non-traditional approach to combining traditional elements of theatre. St. Louis theatre-goers will appreciate this unique and thought-provoking presentation that draws on the shared experiences of our ancestors.

 

Worlds Apart is directed by Christopher Stephens, associate professor of communications at STLCC-FV. The musical director is Paul Higdon, associate professor of music at STLCC-FV.

 

For tickets to Worlds Apart, ma Non Così Diversi, call 314-725-6555 or visit www.cocastl.org. COCA is located at 524 Trinity Ave. in the University City Loop.