July 24, 2014  

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Repertory Dance Company to hold Performances Downtown, at Hattiesburg Zoo

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While Mannoni Performing Arts Center undergoes renovation, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance’s Repertory Dance Company will take it to the streets, presenting dances created and performed at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Holloway Transfer and Storage Building, Click Boutique, 206 Front, and in the alleys and hidden doorways of downtown Hattiesburg. 

Hattiesburg Zoo will provide the stage for the first performance during its annual Zoo Boo event Oct. 26 and 27 at 6 p.m. both nights. Admission prices for the Hattiesburg Zoo shows are $3 for children, $4 for senior citizens and military and $5 for adults. There is no charge for the dance performance.

In a mishmash of industrial decay with vibrant artistry, three dances will bring the old, abandoned Holloway Transfer and Storage Building warehouse to life again for the second site dance. Located at the corner of Ronie Avenue and West Laurel Avenue in downtown Hattiesburg, the event is free to the public. Come and watch as The Company breathes new life into the Holloway Transfer and Storage Building Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

For the third and final event in this series, dances will be performed inside Click Boutique and 206 Front, as well as outside in the alleys and overlooked spaces of downtown Hattiesburg on Nov. 10 from 4 - 7 p.m.  Each dance piece will be performed twice in rotation during the three-hour span, giving the audience time to enjoy both the performances and the food, shopping, and culture that make downtown Hattiesburg charming and unique.

For more information about these and future dance performances, contact the department at 601.266.4161 or visit www.usm.edu/dance.