Spring Dance Concert Apr. 19-21

Story posted April 13, 2012

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will present the annual Spring Dance Concert on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 19-21, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

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Last year's Spring Dance Concert, pictured here, celebrated 40 years of dance at Bowdoin.

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 immediately before the show at the Pickard/Wish box office. Due to limited seating, tickets expire 10 minutes before showtime.

This concert highlights the intimacy and energy of the human experience. Dancers of all levels take the stage in faculty repertory, while emerging choreographers present early composition experiments alongside the rigorous investigation of independent study. From the poignant to the bold, the art of dance illuminates the stage.

Student choreography brings breadth and depth to the program. Dance composition students present a series of etudes with varied aesthetics and approaches to movement research.

Junior choreographer Natalie Johnson mines a selection of poetry for her work Beloved, which examines contrasting forms of human connection to reveal moments of surrender, conflict, and devotion. A collective of six dancers evokes the rise and fall of breath and wind in Le Vent Nous Portera, set to the music of Yann Tiersen.

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Spring 2011 Dance Concert.

Dance faculty Gwyneth Jones spearheads two repertory projects. The beginner ensemble performs a lighthearted look at the relationship between home and work. Armed with dustpans, sheets and brief cases, they groove to the music of Elvis Costello, The Roches, Donna Summer, The Hot Club of San Francisco, and the Vitamin String Quartet.

The intermediate ensemble explores ways to converse and communicate with one another through dance and gesture accompanied by the sounds of Brazilian musician Tom Ze and The Friends of Dean Martinez.

Dance faculty Charlotte Griffin directs the advanced group in a vibrant quartet—part schoolyard stomp and quiet sojourn, this work is a playful look at awkward transitions. Postdoctoral fellow Nyama McCarthy-Brown shares an intimate look at life and its new propositions.

Lighting design is by Michael Schiff-Verre and costume design is by Julie McMurry.

The Association of Bowdoin Friends will host a closing night reception in Drake Lobby immediately following the performance on Saturday, April 21.

The Spring Dance Concert is funded in part by the Alice Cooper Morse fund for the Performing Arts and donors to the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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