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Preview: Malashock/RAW4

November 14, 2013 1:43 p.m.

KPBS arts reporter speaks with choreographer Michael Mizerany about pushing boundaries with his dance "Unspeakable" for Malashock/RAW4.

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ANCHOR INTRO: A trio of dynamic choreographers team up to shock and amaze audiences with the fourth installment of Malashock RAW4. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with one of the guest choreographers about pushing the envelope in dance.

Michael Mizerany doesn’t like to be boxed in by conventional expectations about dance. That’s why he created RAW for Malashock Dance.

MICHAEL MIZERANY: It’s a series I conceived back in 2010 and it’s in its fourth year and we really wanted to approach dance in an edgier form, really address issues that aren’t normally addressed in dance, and so that’s what RAW4 is all about is to push boundaries, is to make people think about what dance can say and how we can say it.

RAW4 features work by Mizerany as well as by Malashock Dance Artistic Director, John Malashock and guest choreographer Andy Noble. The contemporary dance piece Mizerany created is called “Unspeakable.”

MICHAEL MIZERANY: It addresses an unspeakable act within a family… it’s actually based on an article of a Texas man who found his daughter being assaulted… So it’s a dichotomy of a visceral reaction to an unspeakable act and then a moral dilemma about how you are actually going to react as a person.

Malashock RAW4 opens tonight at the Lyceum Stage in Horton Plaza. It is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.