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June 19, 2001


Doug Hamby Dance, the Baltimore-Washington region's leading explorers of technology in modern dance, will perform at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Tickets are $15 general and $12 members, students, seniors and artists. Dance Place ( is located at 3225 8th Street, NE. For more information, call (202) 269-1600 or visit

Doug Hamby Dance, in residence at UMBC, has garnered national attention for its collaborations with visual artists, musicians and robotics engineers. This season, the company will present two premieres. In Ocular-Meninx, three dancers interact with Steve Bradley's sensual video and sound, incorporating live insects and costumes by Elena Zlotescu. Haiku is a dance ceremony in an architectural landscape. The program also features Echoes, a display of primal physicality with a score by computer artist Tim Nohe, and Six Short Pieces, with music by composer William Grant Still. Company dancers include Brian Bagley, Dave Clark, Julie Peoples-Clark, Jen Herling, Emily Giza, Jennica Lee, Sarah Seely, Pamela Stevens and Margaret Velez.

Of the company's work, the Washington Post has said, "Hamby is a bold and ambitious artist willing to take risks," and the Village Voice stated, "Hamby proved that the fusion of dance and technology only needed time to mature."

Artistic Director Doug Hamby has extensive experience as a dancer, choreographer, and educator. He is associate professor of dance at UMBC. Hamby has directed the Douglas Hamby Dance Company in New York City and performed with Martha Graham, May O'Donnell, Rachel Lampert, Elizabeth Keen, Pearl Lang, Norman Walker, the Chicago Moving Company, Phoenix Dance Company, and Hamby and Lacy. His company has performed annual summer seasons at Dance Place, Washington DC, Riverside Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Celebrate Brooklyn, in New York City; the1998 New York International Fringe Festival, 1997 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and 1995 International Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland and Vancouver, Canada. He has received choreography awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Baltimore Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. He has served as a dance advisory panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council for three years. Hamby has an MFA in Dance from Temple University and a Biology degree from Michigan State University. He has also appeared on national television as a giant slice of American cheese.# # #

Posted by dwinds1 at June 19, 2001 12:00 AM