Modern in Motion X set for October 13-16


The Northwestern State University Dance Company and the Friends of Louisiana Sports and History will present Modern in Motion X on Oct. 13-16 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in Natchitoches. Performance time is Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for the Oct. 13 Gala performance which includes a reception after the show at Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant. The Gala is sponsored by the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission. Admission to the other performances are $10 and $5 for children, students and seniors. Friends of Louisiana Sports and History can receive a $5 discount for the Gala or other performances. Reservations are required for the Gala and can be made by contacting Brett Alan Garfinkel at or (318) 357-5793. Cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

The year’s show is choreographed by Rebecca Allen, Garfinkel and Kirstin Riehl. There are 25 dancers performing in the show which is  the largest cast for Modern in Motion.

“The Natchitoches community has come to enjoy this site-specific performance and we love finding new and interesting places around town to highlight its beauty and uniqueness,” said Garfinkel. “The is a wonderful fundraising and performance opportunity for the dancers in the fall semester. We look forward to future ideas of new locations that will host this performance.”

The cast for Modern in Motion X is John Jefferson, Jillian Duggan, Trevor VanEaton and Kayla Smith of Shreveport, Jaeda Barret, Journey Wills, Chelsie Stephens and Cullen Barrilleaux of New Orleans, Jessie Cochran of Walker, Makenzie Scroggs of Marksville, Lara Bankston of Kenner, Jennifer Langbein of DeRidder, Makynli Delcambre of New Iberia,  Gabrielle Marino and Kwincy Pierre of Lafayette, Diana Mercado and Joseph Gomez of Cartagena, Colombia,Vee Duran of Denham Springs, Ashanta Wilson of Leesville,  Carleigh Murphy of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Treyvin Aucoin of Rayne, Elizabeth Cook of Alexandria, Grace Williamson of San Jose, California, Kerrie Spillman of Natchitoches and Mikiah Odum of Marshall, Texas.

This year’s Modern in Motion takes the production back to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum where the first official Modern in Motion took place. The idea for site-specific events around Natchitoches began with “Cage on the Cane” at Beau Jardin which was coupled with a concert in Magale Recital Hall celebrating composer John Cage’s 100th birthday and featuring NSU Associate Professor of Music Theory and Low Strings Paul Christopher and Mark Prince Lee. Modern in Motion has also been performed at The Sweet Cane Inn, The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Cane River Brewing Company, the mainstage at The Riverbank and the Alumni Plaza on the campus of NSU. This year’s Modern in Motion poster celebrates where past performances have taken place.