Sac State instructors form dance company
Dangerous Lorraines directors Melissa Wynn, left, and Lorelei Bayne, perform a shadow duet.
New York is a big place, but it was a small world for Melissa Wynn and Lorelei Bayne. Both were dancers in the city at the same time, but they didn’t run into each other until they moved to Sacramento.
Bayne is a professor of dance with Sacramento State’s Theatre and Dance Department and Wynn is a former University Theater and Dance professor. They are both co-directors of Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theatre which will present Café Lorraine, a dance concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 11; 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13; and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 in Sacramento State’s Playwrights’ Theatre.
Café Lorraine combines video and projections, text and original music for 11 dancers in a performance that explores the human desire for intimacy and love, reliance and dependence, control and independence, says Wynn.
Wynn founded Dangerous Lorraines in 2004 and Bayne joined her as artistic director a short time later. “We had so much in common that we naturally started doing work together,” Bayne says.
They hope to raise the troupe’s profile locally and in the Bay Area and eventually tour the East Coast and Europe, says Wynn. “It is our aim to build a nationally and internationally recognized dance/theatre company,” says Bayne.
They acknowledge the help they’ve received from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Linda Goodrich, chair of the Theatre and Dance Department and director of Sacramento/Black Art of Dance.
Tickets for Café Lorraine are $15 general admission and $12 for students and seniors and are available at the University Ticket Office, 278-4323.