Spring Dance Concert

Works by faculty, students and guestchoreographers Tsehaya Smith and Nancy Long will highlight this year's annualspring 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 theconcert, which is presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, is $5 forthe general public and $3 for students.

Smith will present "Sketches of Miles," which was recently performed in Parisas part of the American Choreographer's Showcase. The work is inspired by anddanced to the music of the late, great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. The musiccompilation identifies different chronological stages of his recordedcompositions.

Long will present two works, "Fractured," which explores passionate andnurturing relationships among eight women and "Napoli," the great ballet byAuguste Bournanville, the 19th century choreographer for the royal DanishBallet. This piece will be a collaboration with Leslie Norton, associateprofessor of dance at Hamilton.

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

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

"Synergy," choreographed by Heekin, concludes the program and is performed byformer Hamilton students Rebekah Bonsel and Megan Klar. The duet is set to themusic of John Cage and is based on the definition of synergy, which is"combined in cooperative action or force." Throughout the piece, the dancersengulf 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, KaraDavis, 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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