>Mercer County Community College invites area residents to experience the beauty, originality and power of contemporary dance set to cutting edge music when the Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE) presents Joe Sent MDE.
The performance represents a unique collaboration between the MCCC Dance Program and acclaimed singer/songwriter Vanessa Daou, #1 Billboard jazz-fusion dance artist. Choreographed by dance faculty member Janell Byrne, with guest choreography by Jody P. Person and others, "Joe Sent MDE" features music from Daou's new album, Joe Sent Me, which refers to a code phrase used during the Prohibition era to gain entry into speakeasies.
Daou says the album is about "the transmission of ideas through time, the secret ranges of the voice, fleeting nights of love and desire, the archiving of dreams, memory, and the imagination." According to the show's choreographers, "Joe Sent MDE" transforms Daou's ideas into a suite of dances constructed around the central metaphor of the album - to discover "secret codes" in a language of the body that will open doors into illicit spaces of rebellion and abandon.
Daou has gained international recognition for her unique blend of jazz, house, and poetry/spoken-word. Her songs have been remixed by some of today's most avant-garde DJs, placing her in the Top 10 of Billboard's Dance Chart five times and earning her three #1's. Daou's other albums include Head Music (Columbia Records); Zipless (MCA), called "an exquisite balance between pop and jazz" by TIME magazine; Slow to Burn (MCA); and Make You Love (EMI-France). This last release cemented Daou's reputation for combining "electronic, pop, and jazz" to create music that "drips with romance, sensuality, and much love" (Billboard Magazine). More on Daou is available at www.daourecords.com.