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May 14, 2007

Baltimore Dance Project Performs at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick

June 8 & 9, 2007
8 p.m. both evenings

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

Baltimore Dance ProjectOn June 8th and 9th at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick, Baltimore Dance Project performs “Fresh Dance,” a concert of works by choreographers Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, “two of the most exciting choreographers in Maryland.” Known for its groundbreaking fusion of dance and technology, the company features some of the most exciting dancers from the Baltimore area and beyond, performing sumptuous and thrilling movement in choreography that ranges from provocative and dramatic to free-wheeling and fun. Audiences will see what happens when dancers encounter video surveillance equipment, trigger explosions in sound and find illicit uses for newspaper.

The concert features Frederick’s own Jenifer Dobbins, dance teacher at 24/7 Dance Studios and facility manager at the Cultural Arts Center, who reveals double identities in Persona, a solo incorporating wireless surveillance technology to a whimsical score by Kevin Bewersdorf, choreographed by Carol Hess.

Ms. Dobbins will also perform in Newspaper Dance, a bizarre and hilarious piece where newspapers dance “with attitude,” choreographed by Hess and created by Colette Searls, known for her wacky puppetry in which puppets are often created in performance out of discarded objects and trash. Additionally Dobbins appears in Hess’s videodance, Substrata.

Also on the program:

  • A new work by Carol Hess
  • Duet con Brio – Two men jump, fall, twist and twine to music by Igor Stravinsky.
  • Square Breath — Trapped in a room without exit, six women use body microphones and a wired table to create and manipulate an interactive, shattering sound score by Ferdinand Maisel.
  • 22 Dean Street — A delicious romp to the jazzy sounds of Charlie Haden and Billie Holiday.
  • Fog — A tender duet for two women on a sensuous journey, ship-wrecked and adrift beneath the sea. The Washington Post said, “performed knowingly, bravely, with a heated sultriness rarely seen in the ethos of modern dance...Hamby’s movements showed what it is to be human, soft underbelly up.”
  • Substrata — A videodance choreographed, filmed and edited by Hess to music by Dillinger Escape Plan, in which two dancers push and pull one another down a long, narrow tunnel. Screened at several film and video festivals, including the 2006 Maryland Film Festival and the 2007 Rosebud Film and Video Festival.

Baltimore Dance Project

About the Artists

Carol Hess was born in New York City where she trained as a dancer. She received her BA in Dance from Barnard College and her MA in Dance Education from Columbia Teachers College, where she studied dance composition with Robert Ellis Dunn, whose approach to developing and manipulating movement has had a profound effect on her creative work. For over ten years, her creative work has focused on the interaction between dance and video. Many of her works for the stage feature the use of live camera feeds and/or pre-recorded images. In New York she performed with Hannah Kahn and Dancers, The Rondo Dance Theater, and DANCES/Janet Soares. Also a tap soloist, she appeared on television and in concerts in the United States and Europe. Her choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theater Workshop, the Grand Finale, and in Germany and The Netherlands. Recent works include: Newspaper Dance, created in collaboration with Colette Searls and performed at the New York Fringe Festival 2005; Floating Above, performed at Artscape, the Bethesda Dance Festival, and at Dance For Life Aids Action Baltimore at Center Stage 2006; and Substrata, a dance film to music by the metalcore band Dillinger Escape Plan, screened at the Maryland Film Festival 2006, Artscape 2006, Tucson Shortfest, and the Dallas Video Festival. She also coordinates the company’s outreach program, Project Reach, which was recently awarded a generous grant from the Macht Philanthropic Fund, and chairs the dance department at UMBC, where she has taught since 1982.

Baltimore Dance ProjectDoug Hamby has a MFA degree from Temple University and extensive experience as a dancer, choreographer and educator. He is the artistic director of Doug Hamby Dance, a company that specializes in works created in collaboration with dancers, composers, visual artists and other creative people. Hamby’s work has been seen in New York City at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Riverside Dance Festival, New York International Fringe Festival and in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. His work has also been seen at International Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as in Anchorage Alaska by the Alaska Dance Theatre. Mr. Hamby performed in dance companies directed by Martha Graham, May O’Donnell, Rachel Lampert, Elizabeth Keen, Pearl Lang and Norman Walker. He has received choreography awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, New York State Council for the Arts, Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland and the Baltimore Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture. He is an Associate Professor in Dance at UMBC, and is currently archiving and restoring the dance films of Martha Graham dancer Helen McGehee for submission to the Library of Congress. He has also appeared on national television as a giant slice of American Cheese.

Jenifer Dobbins has a BA in Dance from UMBC. She trained at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and has performed with the Maryland Regional Ballet, TAWA Dance Company and Equinox Dance Company. As a freelance lighting designer, she has worked at the Weinberg Center and was interim technical director for the Discovery Theater. This past summer, she performed in Colette Searls’s and Doug Hamby’s OM, a performance featuring dance and puppetry, She currently teaches at 24/7 Dance Studio and is also facility manager for the Frederick Cultural Arts Center.

General admission: $15.00. Students and seniors: $10.00.
Box Office: or 410-752-8950
Tickets will also be available at the door, cash or check only.

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Photo of Newspaper Dance by Richard Anderson.

Baltimore Dance Project (Photo Richard Anderson)

Posted by tmoore at May 14, 2007 10:56 AM