The Matthews is very excited to bring Sossy Mechanics’ performance of “Trick Boxing” to The Matthews stage. Sossy Mechanics is a theater and dance company the combines the energetic and charismatic forces of Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016. (scroll down for video)
This is the fourth event in our 2015-16 Subscription Series. Individual tickets are on sale now.
Note: This show will have an encore performance on Mar. 19. Series subscribers automatically receive a great discount.
Sostek and McClellan happened to meet one day in a dance company. Their whimsical sensibilities, exacting standards and cinematic aesthetic have earned them an award-winning reputation for creating “clear, brilliant storytelling,” dances that “recall Fred and Ginger at their most playful,” and “magic out of just about nothing.”
Transforming the stage together since 2000, the Mechanics have developed a devoted public following and garnered critical acclaim wherever they have performed, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edinburgh, Prague, London, Vancouver, Seattle, New York City and even Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Duo reaches out to the community
Sostek and McClellan will be conducting several events during their week in Spearfish — from a creativity presentation, to dance classes for kids and adults, and finally an open Swing dance night.
- Mar. 13, “Creativity Informance,” free for all ages
- Mar. 16, Kids’ 1920’s Dance Class, ages 8 to 16, $10 per child
- Mar. 18, Adults’ 1920’s Dance Class, ages 17 and up, free
- Mar. 18, Open Swing Dance Night, all ages, free
LEARN MORE about the lecture, dance classes, and swing dance night.
“Trick Boxing” 1 minute sample scene
About Brian Sostek
Since the late 1980’s, Brian Sostek has parlayed his background in various dance forms, his life long experience with comedy, and his fascination with verbal and physical play, into a successful and constantly expanding career in the arts as a writer, director, choreographer, performer and teacher.
His exploits have ranged from acting in some of Hollywood’s most quickly-cancelled sitcoms to touring internationally with percussive dance-theater company JOE CHVALA AND THE FLYING FOOT FORUM to staging the King Boreas coronation ceremony at the ST. WINTER CARNIVAL to teaching 3rd graders how to make puppets from the junk in their desks and BFA acting students at the University of Minnesota how to dance with a partner.
He can frequently be seen on various stages in the Twin Cities including the GUTHRIE THEATER, CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY, ORDWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, and occasionally can be heard on TV and radio as anything from a gang of monsters to an upstanding announcer guy. From the Edinburgh Fringe to the Sun Dance Channel, his award-winning work has earned him a reputation as a “brilliantly versatile.”
In 2000 he joined forces with Megan McClellan to create Sossy Mechanics.
Brian is a recipient of a 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a 2005 SAGE AWARD for Performance and the 2010 MN BRIDE MAGAZINE award for Best Dance Instructor.
About Megan McClellan
Megan McClellan’s first professional dance job had her portraying a “water molecule” at a sewage treatment facility for a site-specific choreographer in Minneapolis. At that very moment, her career began an unpredictable trajectory that continues to span the globe. So far seen on three continents, her performance range includes pounding out percussive dance with JOE CHVALA AND THE FLYING FOOT FORUM, performing the contemporary repertoires of SHAPIRO & SMITH DANCE and BLACK LABEL MOVEMENT, cheerleading for MISS RICHFIELD 1981, and executing the tango in a Los Angeles night club for food. Since joining forces with Brian Sostek in 2000 she has added writing, acting and choreography to her repertoire. Together they have created work for several theater companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul and have toured their own shows at theaters and festivals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
In 2003 Megan was awarded a MCKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOWSHIP IN DANCE previously administered by the Southern Theater and funded by the McKnight Foundation. In 2012 she was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages (Minneapolis).
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