Fright Night features ‘Hotel Hysteria’ dance


Dancers from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective perform in last year’s Halloween show. This year’s theme is Hotel Hysteria, with performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

Fright Night downtown will return for its 10th year Saturday, Oct. 21. Events include a pumpkin zone at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, a trunk-or-treat soiree at the Central Branch YMCA parking lot, several zombie-theme events at the Allen County Public Library, lantern tours of the Old Fort and a variety of performances throughout the day.

One of those performances is the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s annual Halloween show, this year called “Hotel Hysteria.”

“ ‘Hotel Hysteria’ is a little bit immersive and is meant to make the audience feel like guests of a hotel,” Artistic Director Mandie Kolkman said. “There are different rooms and there is a theme that is carried throughout the entire show. The audience will also get to see a little bit about the other guests at the hotel.”

Each new room provides a different piece of dance, Executive Director Elise Alabbas said, with styles ranging from ballet to modern and hip-hop.

In addition to the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s touring company and its youth Pineapple group, the show will also feature artists from the Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Project Ballet and Fort Wayne Ballet.

Though the Fort Wayne Dance Collective has been having a Halloween show for several years — in fact, they’ve been featured in Dance Studio magazine for their work — this year’s performance will be a little different.

“It comes from exploration in the past year of projection mixed with dance,” Kolkman said, adding they have done shows at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab and IPFW involving projections.

Because of the growth of the show, this year’s performances have been moved to the Arts United Center’s ArtsLab, which Kolkman described as “a black box theater with four walls that surround you.”

“Having the theme of a hotel allows us to play with elevators and rooms,” she said. “We thought about the technical elements first, what we could do with the space, and then worked backward.”

The shows will take place Oct. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at