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From May 18-20 at 8 p.m., Scorpius Dance Theatre presents a brand new production, ANIMAL. An original show created by Scorpius’ Director, Lisa Starry, it is inspired by her love of animals and passion for their well-being. The show explores the relationship we have with animals, as well as their social interactions, physicality and movement. Overall, a lighthearted and entertaining show, Starry is also taking the opportunity to provide awareness and support for animals in our community and globally. A portion of ticket sales will benefit local animal charity, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.

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According to Starry, “Last year, when I created LOVE, I had intended on incorporating animals into the production in some capacity. I soon realized that I could devote an entire production to this subject. I’ve been an active supporter of the fostering and adoption of animals, as well as global organizations working to end animal abuse. My hope is that audiences will be fascinated, entertained and enlightened by ANIMAL.”

ANIMAL will feature nine different dance works, comedic interludes, plus two short films. From the unusual mating ritual of the praying mantis, the slumbering ways of the sloth, the slinky movement of snakes, to the social interactions of dogs, Scorpius’ dancers will use their athleticism, grace, and acting abilities to emulate the motion and behaviors of various domestic animals and wild creatures.


A heartwarming display of our love for animals, one short film will feature owners interacting with their pets and the special bonds they share. A more serious film, coupled with live dance, will bring to light the emotional distress of caged and confined animals. Attendees of ANIMAL will also be treated to a visual arts display in the lobby, featuring original animal paintings and drawings by students of Metropolitan Arts Institute. Lost our Home Pet Rescue will also be on hand to provide information about supporting the organization.

If You Go:

What: ANIMAL, Scorpius Dance Theatre’s new production
When: May 18-20
Where: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre: 100 E. McDowell Rd.
Tickets start at $25 (plus surcharge). One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 602.254.2151 or visit www.scorpiusdance.com/tickets.