The MFA Dance Concert opens at the University of Washington¹s Meany Studio Theatre on May 19 and runs through May 22, 2011. The concert highlights new dances and collaborative works by MFA candidates Brenna Monroe-Cook, General McArthur Hambrick, Bliss Kohlmyer, Christy McNeil, Paula Peters and Chengxin Wei. These artists bring rich professional histories dancing with companies such as Sean Curran, The Limón Company and Spectrum Dance Theater, as well as Broadway and international dance experience to their work with the UW Dance Program.
Former Limón Dance Company member Brenna Monroe-Cook¹s new work takes inspiration from the clarity and rich expressivity of Schubert¹s well-loved Lieder. This quartet of solos ruminates on ideas of constancy and steadiness, and contemplates both the monotony and deep comfort that come from regularity.
Coming to the UW after an extensive career on Broadway, Texas native, General McArthur Hambrick collaborates with lighting designer, Peter Bracilano to create an atmosphere of destiny, longing and hope in his new work. Blending contemporary ballet, theatre and pedestrian movement in a non-narrative way, he creates conflict and resolution in his work, leaving the audience with a strong impression of the subject matter.
Bliss Kohlmyer, hails from San Francisco where she is co-artistic director of project agora, a curatorial organization that promotes creative dialogue between artists through the presentation of interdisciplinary collaborations. In her quartet, Touch(ed), she collaborates with contemporary composer/bassist Doug Niemela to explore the sensation of touch, and its different qualities and resulting emotions.
Cornish College of the Arts graduate, Christy McNeil creates an exciting new work that explores time, space and rhythm. Drawing from hip hop, jazz and modern dance, she uses her dancers to create a visual representation of the electronic score through dynamic movements patterns and intricate rhythmic structures.
Veteran Seattle dance artist Paula J. Peters¹ new work is a reflection on how the habit of constant digital connection to our communities has made us lonely companions. The piece explores the changing landscape of our relationship to touch, and comments on how the value placed upon digital connection, and absence of physical contact, brings us further apart.
In his new work, Beijing Dance Academy graduate, Chengxin Wei, explores the relationships between individuals, space, and music. By working in close collaboration with his dancers, he creates material that reflects their unique movement personalities. The stage is transformed into a canvas upon which the dancers use their movements to paint and express their emotions.
The 2011 MFA Concert promises to be an incredible evening of contemporary dance that leads viewers on a thrilling and thought-provoking kinetic journey.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $14, $12 for UWAA members, faculty and staff, and $10 for students. Tickets are available on line at http://www.meany.org
or at the UW Arts Ticket Office, 3901 University Way NE, Seattle 206-543-4880.
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