Story posted November 21, 2008
The Department of Theater and Dance will present its annual December Dance Concert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 4, 5 and 6, 2008, at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.
The performance is free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk (207-725-3375) and at the door.
In "Morphology of a Fairy Tale," eight contemporary princesses wearing high heels and work boots strut and stomp to the sounds of percussive drums, a Sugar Plum Fairy remix, and Maria Muldaur's "I'm a Woman." The students in this Beginning Repertory class find no contradiction between being liberated and enjoying their footwear!
In "Java Jive" the Intermediate Repertory class dances to the sounds and smells of coffee brewing. Members of the Advanced Repertory class perform a breakneck romp to music by the Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester that highlights the strengths and personalities of the dancers.
The Rebel Dancers, Dancing Revolutions class performs Strike/Trio in the spirit of 1930s' choreographers who proclaimed "Dance is a Weapon!". The trio is inspired by the poem "La Huelga (The Strike)," written in 1946 by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The music is Varied Trio II, for violin, piano and percussion by Lou Harrison.
The Cultural Choreographies class performs Two for Twenty-Six, a two-part suite consisting of a traditional Bulgarian men's dance, Vlacko, and a Romanian one, Cimpoi. Live music will played by Beth Borgerhoff, a professional musician from Mt. Vernon, Maine.
The concert also features student creations from the groups Anokha, Arabesque, EleMental, Obvious and VAGUE—as well as Elizabeth Jones's lively "Fancy Footwork" to the powerful percussion of Japanese Taiko Drummers. Linzee Troubh and Kate Pastorek will dance an original duet to the Nina Simone song "Feeling Good."
A public reception will be held in Drake Lobby after the performance on Saturday, December 6.
The December Dance Concert is produced with assistance from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.