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February 4, 2004

Phoenix Dance Company Performs at UMBC

UMBC's Department of Dance presents the Phoenix Dance Company, known for its radical dance collaborations with UMBC videographers, mechanical engineers, computer programmers and visual artists, in concert February 11 through 14.

The venerable Phoenix Dance Company, a professional company in residence at UMBC, was founded in 1983. Over the last several years, Phoenix has explored the intersection between art and technology. The company has recently collaborated with Steve Bradley, an intermedia artist who has generated live computer-enhanced video images and a system for generating sounds based on dancers' movements; Tony Farquhar, a mechanical engineer who developed a spunky six-legged dancing robot (Maurice Tombé); Vin Grabill, an MIT-trained videographer; and composer Linda Dusman. Phoenix is co-directed by choreographers Carol Hess and Doug Hamby.

Featured on the program are the following works:

Mobile II by Carol Hess, a dance of visual beauty and complexity, featuring six women with an original score by Neal Woodson. An installation of plexiglass screens becomes a projection surface for video images by Vin Grabill and Carol Hess. Throughout the piece, the dancers perform, re-orient and re-combine clusters of movement in open spaces, behind layers of fabric, and amid sheets of plexiglass and changing projections.

In a new video piece by Carol Hess, dancer Margaret Terry wanders along a dark hallway with many doors, to find herself dancing in unexpected environments. The choreography moves across multiple settings which include a river, a forest, a field, and a city. Sound design is by Timothy Nohe.

Doug Hamby's Interplay, a beautiful and boldly dynamic dance for four women that brings to life Robert Moran's energetic music. In this quartet, the dance enlivens and intertwines the rich physical, temporal and spatial connections between the performers.

Edgewater Park by Doug Hamby, a sensuous duet for two men combining live video images from the dance with images of carnival rides. Beautiful and intriguing video images of the live dance are simultaneously edited by filmmaker, Nick Prevas and projected onto a movie screen that blocks much of the viewer's direct access to the dance, with a sound score by artist Timothy Nohe.

Part One Parting, a solo choreographed by Jeanine Durning and performed by Sandra Lacy, with original electronic music by composer Chris Peck. Structured like a short story, Part One Parting follows a woman who recalls an event in her life over and over again. In this episodic solo, the dream-like sequences reflect the idea of memory and how we remember and re-experience events.

All performances will be held at 8 p.m. in the UMBC Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission and $7 for students and seniors, available through the box office at 410-455-6240.

Posted by dwinds1 at February 4, 2004 12:00 AM