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January 26, 2001


UMBC's Dance Department presents two lecture/demonstrations by Troika Ranch, an innovative dance company that combines dance, music, theater and interactive digital media. The events will be held on February 7 at 1 p.m. and8 p.m. in the UMBC Theatre. Because the 8 p.m. show is presented in conjunction with UMBC's Progressions class, seating is very limited. The company will also give a master class for intermediate and advanced dancers on February 8 at 10 a.m. Space is limited. For more information call (410) 455-6240.

Since forming Troika Ranch in 1993, Artistic Co-Directors Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello have been creating dynamic live performances that combine dance, music, theater and interactive digital media. Through fierce choreography, dense musical scores and an evocative use of media and theater, they explore how we can maintain our most human attributes (our emotions, our bodies, our passion) in a time of accelerating change and growing physical disconnection. The uneasy relationship between the organic and the electronic is key to this exploration, and appears on stage as they link the movements of the dancers to interactively controlled video, sound or light. It is Coniglio and Stoppiello's hope that by bringing these elements together into a unified expressive whole that they will leave their audiences both delighted and challenged.

Posted by dwinds1 at January 26, 2001 12:00 AM