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Angel Reapers at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs

A Whole Lotta Shakin'

By Michael Hamad

11:05 AM EDT, October 18, 2011

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You hardly ever encounter the name Martha Clarke without the words "MacArthur Genius Award Winner" preceding it. A choreographer best known for her multidisciplinary approach to dance, Clarke teamed with playwright Alfred Uhry (he wrote the Atlanta Trilogy, of which Driving Miss Daisy is a part) to produce Angel Reapers, a theatre/dance piece about the Shakers. Sexual abstinence, rhythm, spiritual songs, nudity, death: all key elements in the collaboration, loosely based on the life of Ann Lee (1736-1784), the mystic who started the whole Shaker business.

 

Angel Reapers, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $25-$30, Food for Thought panel discussion at 5:30 p.m., Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, (860) 486-4226, jorgensen.uconn.edu.