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Black Irish's Ronald West

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Black Irish's Ronald West

Black Irish: Gown 

When: Fri., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 21, 2 & 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $10-$20

Most garments present you with options. White shirt? Formal or casual. A little black dress goes with—all together now—just about everything. But a gown will only take you in one of two directions: toward the heights of society or a hospital bed. In Gown, choreographer and designer Ronald West, whose Black Irish Contemporary Hip Hop Dance company dazzled us during Gaspard&Dancers' October showcase, premieres his most personal work to date. The piece segues from high and low fashion, mingling different dance forms in a multigenerational staging based on company members' family narratives about identity and mental illness. Guest dancers Killian Manning and Courtney Owen-Muir also perform in the evening-length work.—Byron Woods

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