When does five times five equal 15?
When the locally rooted 5X5 Dance Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary Nov. 4 with a full day of performance activities in and around Bruyette Athenaeum on the University of St. Joseph campus, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford.
The 5X5 Dance Festival was founded in 2003 to fill a needed gap in dance programming. At the time, companies could do works of any length in their own independent concerts, or do very short pieces in multicompany showcases. 5X5 allowed dance groups to do longer pieces in a showcase context.
The festival's title originally referred to just five companies being involved, but that's changed. The two showcase performances on Nov. 4 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the athenaeum involve more than a dozen dance ensembles, ranging from well-established local troupes to newer companies and university-based student dance companies.
Three other companies — Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Civic Ballet and Haley Zdebski — present free dances held outdoors and in the athenaeum's art gallery. There are also master classes and even a film series and a photography exhibit.
The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. All events are in the athenaeum unless otherwise noted. Master classes are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Dance Film Series is at 1 p.m., followed at 2:30 by an outdoor performance. A "Connecticut Nutcracker" presentation is at 3:15 p.m. Two performances are held at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the art museum.
The first showcase performance at 4 p.m. features dancers from the University of Saint Joseph, Eastern Connecticut State University, Tessa Grunwald, Naugatuck Valley Community College and The Dance Collective.
The 7:30 p.m. showcase is with ATTAK Dance Company, Central Connecticut State University, Vivid Ballet, Lindsay Hany, Dimensional Dance and Jane Krantz.
Tickets for each showcase are $20, $15 for seniors and Let's Go Arts members and $10 for students. A ticket to both shows is $30. Master classes are $15. An all-day pass that includes master classes is $50. The outdoor and art museum performances are free and open to the public. 860-231-5555 and tickets.usj.edu.