Bowdoin College's Department of Theater and Dance proudly opens their Spring Dance Concert this April as part of the dance40@bowdoin festival. Featured this semester are Bowdoin Taiko, new choreography by students and faculty, and a special Alumni Appearance on the Saturday performance.
The electrifying Bowdoin Taiko group starts the night with a captivating opening number. Taiko, which is Japanese for drumming, involves a great deal of choreographed body movements. The visual impact of the ensemble is as important as their percussive sounds. Together, they generate a wonderful synthesis of dancing and drumming.
Following Taiko, new faculty work created in Repertory and Performance courses will be presented. Paul Sarvis' 18 Short Cuts utilizes flashes of light to reveal vignettes of dancers for a whimsical and compelling series of images, encouraging the viewer to fill the gaps with their own reflections. With music as her starting point, Gwyneth Jones riffs on the rhythms of Django Rheinhardt and other eclectic artists to craft intricate patterns for fourteen dancers in Dance 212. Our advanced dancers sweep and tumble across the stage in Charlotte Griffin's Spring Suite, a choreography in three-parts to the music of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Student work shines through this year in Dance 270, Choreography for Dancers, which presents works-in-progress by our emerging young artists. From props to poetry, the students demonstrate the depths of their movement ideas. Senior dancers Kathryn Savasuk, Rakiya Orange, and Carolyn Trotman perform Optimist, an ethereal and soulful independent study, which was warmly received at its premiere during the American College Dance Festival New England Conference.
The Saturday Alumni Appearance also promises to be full of surprises.