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Spring Dance Concert

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Posted February 15, 1996
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Works by faculty, students and guest choreographers Tsehaya Smith and Nancy Long will highlight this year's annual spring dance concert at Hamilton College on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m., in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center. Admission to the concert, which is presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, is $5 for the general public and $3 for students.

Smith will present "Sketches of Miles," which was recently performed in Paris as part of the American Choreographer's Showcase. The work is inspired by and danced to the music of the late, great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. The music compilation identifies different chronological stages of his recorded compositions.

Long will present two works, "Fractured," which explores passionate and nurturing relationships among eight women and "Napoli," the great ballet by Auguste Bournanville, the 19th century choreographer for the royal Danish Ballet. This piece will be a collaboration with Leslie Norton, associate professor of dance at Hamilton.

Another collaboration on the program is titled, "FASHION," by Elaine Heekin and Bruce Walczyk, also associate professors of dance at Hamilton. "FASHION" is a satirical view of the strict limitations set down by society's "powers that be." Originally choreographed in 1985, the piece toured throughout the Northwest. It employs ab- stracted martial art and pedestrian movement and is set to the lively score of the B-52's.

Walczyk has also reconstructed "In Between," a humorous piece set episodically around a couple's dealings with reincarnation and the place between the dream life and the awakened life. The work is set to the atmospheric music of Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise.

"Synergy," choreographed by Heekin, concludes the program and is performed by former Hamilton students Rebekah Bonsel and Megan Klar. The duet is set to the music of John Cage and is based on the definition of synergy, which is "combined in cooperative action or force." Throughout the piece, the dancers engulf the space with large sweeping movement punctuated with brief encounters of explosive energy exchange.

The following students will also be performing in the concert: Christy Aberg, Laurie Basloe, Jennifer Bartholomew, Giada Bufalini, Tamar Cunningham, Kara Davis, Marsha Drummond, Danielle Fitzner, Nelima Gaonkar, Timna Genzlinger, Laura Haug, Kathleen Hardick, Jennifer Jayne, Amber Kleeschulte, Will McIntosh, Kevin McIntyre, Melissa Moriarty, Yao Odamtten, Jennifer Rasi, Jennifer Riebe, Victor Rodriguez, Kristen Shahverdian, Emma Thompson and Violette Tucker.

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