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Annex Dance Company Returns to Cannon Street Arts Center with a Preview of New Work



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Annex Dance Company’s “Cocktails & Conversation” series returns to the Cannon Street Arts Center on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 6 pm. Joining the company is visual artist Leslie Alexander whose paintings provided the visual inspiration for the company’s new work, “Behind, Beyond, Between.”Tickets are “pay what you will” and can be purchased online at or at the door.

Season 13 marks 10 years in Charleston for Annex Dance Company, and artistic director Kristin Alexander had both retrospection and advancement in mind when she set the season. “Cocktails & Conversation” was one of the first public performances for Annex Dance Company after Alexander made the move to Charleston.

“The idea was to use a lecture/demonstration style performance to help audiences get to know the company,” Alexander said.

The series continued to be a part of the next four seasons, allowing patrons to see works in progress in an informal studio performance. Although the company has continued to have open rehearsals and invite patrons to previews of work, this will be the first “Cocktails & Conversation” since 2014.

On April 3rd, the company will host “Cocktails & Conversation” in the gallery space at the Cannon Street Arts Center. The company’s new piece “Behind, Beyond, Between” will be previewed before it is fully produced next season. Visual artist Leslie Alexander, whose new series of paintings entitled “Pathways and Portals” prompted the creation of this work, will be in attendance with pieces of art displayed.

“This is the perfect venue for the event, providing an intimate setting to view the choreography against the backdrop of Leslie’s paintings,” Alexander said.

“Cocktails & Conversation” is a “pay what you will” performance with all of the proceeds going towards the company’s “10 years in Charleston Campaign.”

“We set a goal of $10,000 in celebration of our 10 years in Charleston,” Alexander said. “The generosity from supporters near and far has been incredible; we hope this event will be a great indication of the kind of work and collaborations donations can support.”

“Cocktails & Conversation” will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center (134 Cannon Street) on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you will” and can be purchased online at or at the door.

To find more information about the performance and to explore the behind-the-scenes creative process, visit the Annex Dance Company website, Facebook page, or follow the company on Instagram @annexdancecompany.

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