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August 29, 2005

UMBC Department of Dance presents Naturally Modern: Bodily Expeditions and Other Traveling Secrets

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture
410-455-3370
tmoore@umbc.edu

On September 31 and October 1 at 8 p.m., the UMBC Department of Dance presents Naturally Modern: Bodily Expeditions and Other Traveling Secrets, an evening of solo, duo and trio modern dance works performed by Sandra Lacy with Mary Williford-Shade, James Hansen and Jennifer Keller. The program, which will be presented in the UMBC Dance Lab (Fine Arts Building 317) will include:

• The Baltimore premiere of Ophelia’s Reclamation choreographed by James Hansen and performed by Hansen, Lacy and Williford-Shade, featuring complex partnering sequences and organic movement phrases, creating a sense of organic ease and harmony within relationships.
• A new work by Ray Eliot Schwartz, performed by Lacy and Williford-Shade.
Henrietta and Alexandra, choreographed by José Bustamante.
Lo and Behold by Michael Foley, performed by Williford-Shade.
Underview by Lisa Race, performed by Lacy.

A member of the UMBC dance faculty, Sandra Lacy holds a B.A. in Psychology and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London. She has performed with the Maryland Ballet, Impetus Dance Company, Path Dance Company and Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane and Company. She also teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a recipient of five Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in solo dance performance.

Mary Williford-Shade has been hailed by The Washington Post as “the dancing equivalent of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.” She made her initial mark on the dance scene as a dancer with Mark Taylor & Friends and has also performed with Mark Dendy, Maryland Dance Theater, Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and with Sandra Lacy. Williford-Shade received her MFA from Ohio State University, is a certified Laban Movement Analyst, and is a nine year member of the dance faculty at Texas Woman's University. Her other teaching credits include Cleveland State University, University of Quebec, Connecticut College, George Washington University, Towson State University, The Klutz Schule in Hamburg, Germany, the American Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival.

James Hansen is the founder and artistic director and choreographer for Assemblage Dance Company. He studied at SUNY Purchase, and performed with the Eglevsky Ballet in New York City. He appeared as a featured soloist with Alfonzo Cata of France’s Ballet du Nord. After retiring from ballet, he performed with several downtown New York choreographers, including Sean Curran and Rachel Thorne Germond.

Ray Eliot Schwartz is a movement artist and bodyworker who has spent the last 20 years developing a unique synthesis of somatic movement studies and the performing arts. He has co-founded three contemporary dance projects in the Southeastern United States: The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collection, and THEM. He has been on the faculty of both the American College Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival.

Admission
General admission: $12.00.
Students and seniors: $6.00.
Box Office: www.missiontix.com or 410-752-8950

Location
Dance Lab (Fine Arts Building Studio 317)

Telephone
Box Office: 410-752-8950
UMBC Artsline (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

Web
UMBC Arts website: http://www.umbc.edu/arts
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Directions

• From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Fine Arts Building. The Dance Lab is Studio 317 (third floor).
• From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Fine Arts Building. The Dance Lab is Studio 317 (third floor).
• From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Fine Arts Building. The Dance Lab is Studio 317 (third floor).
• Metered visitor parking is available in The Commons Garage and the Administration Drive Garage. Visitor parking regulations are enforced on all University calendar days. Hilltop Circle and all campus roadways require a parking permit unless otherwise marked.

Online campus map: http://www.umbc.edu/aboutumbc/campusmap/

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Posted by tmoore at August 29, 2005 12:42 PM