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April 15, 2004

   

EIGHT NEW WORKS TO BE PREMIERED AT DANCE CONCERT

Rehearsing Dancers
The Bryn Mawr Jazz Ensemble warms
up at a rehearsal last week.

An eclectic mix of works by faculty, guest choreographers and students will be performed at Bryn Mawr College's annual Spring Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 23 and 24 in Goodhart Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The program includes eight new works performed by 43 dancers, said Madeline Cantor, associate director of the Dance Program.

"This is our curricular showcase of the year," said Cantor. "The concert includes the work of Bryn Mawr faculty and student choreographers. The performers are our upper-level students under the direction of our very talented faculty."

Some highlights of the concert:

  • Found, a new work by Myra Bazell, about how individuals journey from isolation to community through interaction with others. The piece includes the results of partnering experiments mixed with full-throttle group dancing.
  • 101, by Amanda Miller, co-founder of Phrenic New Ballet, is an experimental piece that looks at the ballet idiom in innovative ways and is set to a collage of neoclassical music.
  • Creepers, by Tania Isaac, newly named resident artist at the Painted Bride Art Center, is for a quintet of student dancers, set to music by the Latin Playboys. The piece invokes Isaac's trademark movement style, influenced by her Caribbean and post-modern roots.
  • A taste of Riverdance will appear with Irish dancing. Students Maureen Covey '06 and Erica Haglund, Haverford '05, will premiere a traditional Irish slip jig and a hard-shoe reel.
  • Live drumming will accompany two African dances from Guinea and Senegal set by returning choreographer Jeannine Osayande.
  • Dance major Courtney Lewis, Haverford '05, has choreographed a new quartet for the concert.

 

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