This, fall, COCA will celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. That’s 30 years of connecting St. Louisans to the arts – be it through a class in one of our state-of-the-art studios, a contemporary art exhibit in our Millstone Gallery, a workshop in a St. Louis elementary school classroom…or powerful live performances.
There is something magical about that moment the lights go down and you sit in the darkened theatre awaiting what’s to come. We love that many of our youngest audience members experience that magical moment for the first time at COCA. For those early theatre-goers, this season we have Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play based on the beloved Mo Willems’ books, an electric production of The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare, the COCA holiday tradition The Little Dancer, and we close with the classic tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
In honor of our Anniversary, we will produce Uptown, a multidisciplinary journey depicting the rise of the Harlem Renaissance — which will, for the first time ever, feature all five of our COCA dance, theatre and voice companies along with featured alumni on one stage. And dance fans will love Momentum, with its blend of the best we have to offer in hip-hop, modern and jazz dance.
Outside In: Paint for Peace, a powerful community collaboration, kicks off the exhibition season in the Millstone Gallery. Guest curated by Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, the exhibition will feature a selection of the original, salvaged large-scale works made on the boarded-up storefronts by amateur and professional artists in the days and weeks following the 2014 protests in Ferguson. An anniversary exhibition tracing COCA’s first 30 years, a complementary collection to Uptown – about the Harlem Renaissance, and the annual display of AIGA design award nominees complete the 2016-2017 Millstone Gallery offerings.
Please join us by subscribing to our 30th Anniversary season. We promise, you won’t want to miss a moment.
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