Moving Current's 11th season gets started this weekend, and it looks to be the busiest in the company's history.
Usually, Moving Current, a modern dance company, offers two concerts at the University of South Florida and a mini-festival called New Grounds, which features works by promising new choreographers.
This year, Moving Current also has performances in October at the Hills- borough Community College Ybor City campus and in April at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, as well as shows in Boca Raton and St. Louis.
It's a strong indication that the company's reputation for innovative and elegant dance is growing locally and nationally.
"The great thing about this is that all of this came to us," co-artistic director Erin Cardinal said. "We didn't go out looking for it. The Palladium contacted us, Boca Raton contacted us, MADCO contacted us."
MADCO is the Modern American Dance Company of St. Louis, one of the oldest and most respected repertory companies in the country.
MADCO had heard about Moving Current through Michael Foley, a USF dance professor who often choreographs for Moving Current. Before long, a collaboration was in the works.
Local audiences get to see the result this weekend. Dancers from MADCO will join Moving Current in its season debut, with performances Friday through Sunday at USF.
This marks the second time Moving Current has presented a shared program. Last year, New York-based Nugent+Matteson performed here in a concert that proved popular with audiences and artists.
"This one's a little different," Cardinal said. "It's kind of like an exchange program. They're coming here and then we're going to their hometown, St. Louis, Mo., to do a similar thing."
The program for this weekend includes works by Cardinal, her Moving Current partner Cynthia Hennessy, USF's Lynne Wimmer and MADCO choreographers from San Francisco, Chicago and St. Louis.
Marty Clear is a Tampa freelance writer who specializes in performing arts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.