The Department of Theater and Dance presented its annual December Dance Concert on December 4, 5 and 6, 2008.
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 found no contradiction between being liberated and enjoying their footwear!
In “Java Jive” the Intermediate Repertory class danced to the sounds and smells of coffee brewing. Members of the Advanced Repertory class performed a breakneck romp to music by the Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester that highlighted the strengths and personalities of the dancers.
Dance 202: Rebel Dancers, Dancing Revolutions performed Strike/Trio, in the spirit of 1930’s choreographers who proclaimed “Dance is a Weapon!”. The trio was inspired by the poem La Huelga (The Strike), written in 1946 by Nobel prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The music was Varied Trio II, for violin, piano and percussion, by Lou Harrison.
Dance 101: Cultural Choreographies performed Two for Twenty-Six, a two-part suite consisting of a traditional Bulgarian men’s dance, Vlačko, and a Rumanian one, Cimpoi. Live music was played by Beth Borgerhoff, a professional musician from Mt Vernon, ME.
The concert also featured 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 danced an original duet to the Nina Simone song “Feeling Good”.
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