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Hamilton College Department Of Dance To Present Annual Fall Dance Concert

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Posted October 17, 1997
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The Department of Dance at Hamilton College presents its annual Fall Dance Concert on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. The concert is choreographed by Hamilton College faculty members, Elaine Heekin and Bruce Walczyk, along with director/choreographer Claire Porter and Visiting Ballet Professor Martha Connerton.

Framed opens the program and is a 3-part collaboration by Claire Porter, composer Richard Lloyd and sculptor John von Bergen. Ms. Porter has performed internationally and has received several NEA and NJ choreography fellowships. The collaboration began as a home improvement event and has developed into the building, juxtaposition and spinning of five door frames, two large vertical wall frames and one leaning wall frame. The eleven Hamilton performers support, tilt and twirl on and through the structures creating new images, new structures and they appear and disappear through them, drip and catch them and create a whirlwind of work and activity.

Martha Connerton's Tapestry is a large ensemble piece set to Mozart. Ms. Connerton has danced with companies including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Louisville Ballet, The Joyce Trisler Dancompany and American Ballet Comedy. Martha has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Kentucky Arts Council and choreography grants from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council, Nexus Interdisciplinary Artist Grant Program, among others. Tapestry is a contemporary ballet suggesting images of court dances of the 18th century. The circles, lines and intersecting patterns create designs that resemble a woven tapestry.

Hamilton Dance Professors Elaine Heekin and Bruce Walczyk offer two works for the program, PLOD and Salix. PLOD was selected to be performed in New York City's Morningside Dance Festival as well as The American College Dance Festival's National Faculty Choreography series. This humorous piece explores the traditional relationship from courtship to domestic life. Salix is based on different views on wood including spiritual guidance, tools, protection and healing. The piece utilizes sticks of various shapes and sizes to create an environment reliant upon this product of the forest. The score is comprised of selections from Philippe Eidel, Arnaud Devos, Ketjak and Yothu Yindi.

Performers include Hamilton Dance faculty members, Elaine Heekin, Bruce Walczyk and local sculptor John von Bergen plus the following Hamilton students: Nicole Austin, Giada Bufalini, Gwen de Bueno, Tamar Cunningham, Suzanne Dougherty, Susan Falanga, Danielle Fitzner, Daniela Golbert, Arianne Gold, Jennifer Hallock, Kathleen Hardick, Kathrine Hauschild, Michael Hew Wing, Amanda Hitchins, David Leung, Jennifer Jayne, Katie Mantell, Emily Musty, Yao Odamtten, Erin Reid, Emily Roynestad, Jaimee Smith, Emma Thompson and Violette Tucker.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. For tickets, call 859-4057.

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