The Synapse Dance Theater, a contemporary dance ensemble at Santa Monica College, will present a program of new work Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.
Performances are scheduled at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.
The concert repertory includes contemporary ballet, contemporary modern dance, contemporary jazz/modern, hip hop/jazz, house, and punking/wacking.
The program will feature works by Synapse Artistic Directors Jae Lee and Roberta Wolin-Tupas, as well as guest artists Jackie Lopez and Lauren Thompson Hall, and faculty choreographers Ron Brown, Angela Jordan, Denise Leitner and Karen McDonald.
Student choreographers Alex Ayon, Joshua Bergeron, Autumn Randolph and Stacy Strickland have also created new repertory for the show.
Lee, a professional dancer and full-time professor at SMC, has choreographed a contemporary ballet piece, “Glow from the Dark Side.” The dance reflects the idea that everyone has a dark side, but dance makes a person radiant.
Wolin-Tupas, a critically acclaimed choreographer, is presenting “Beneath the Surface.” This modern dance piece is inspired by the Chilean miners who endured 69 days trapped 2,300 feet beneath the earth’s surface following the collapse of the San Jose Copper Mine on Aug. 5, 2010.
The Synapse Dance Theater has performed throughout the nation, including at the Electric Lodge in Venice; the Cast Theater in Hollywood; the Getty Center in Los Angeles; and American College Dance festivals in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, California and New Jersey.
Tickets are $18 for general admission, or $15 for SMC students with identification and senior citizens age 60 and older. Parking is free.
For tickets, (310) 434-3005 or www.smc.edu/eventsinfo.