Dancers to Perform in Concert of New Works
Several Smith dancers will be featured in the upcoming Five
College Dance event You'll Know it When You Get There:
University Dancers in Concert, with
performances on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.
in Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall, at the University of
Works on the program were
choreographed in the modern dance, ballet and west African
genres by off-campus artists of note and Five College Dance
Department faculty members.
this year will be one of the most expansive we’ve offered recently
with five pieces, three with lengths between 18 and 27 minutes,” said
University Dancers artistic director Paul Dennis.
The program will present
Anna Sokolow’s ROOMS (1955), a powerful portrayal
of the terrifying loneliness that afflicts even people living
in the closest proximity to each other. According to Dennis, “ROOMS is
physically, artistically and emotionally demanding for our
UMass dance professor Billbob
live music composed and performed by cellist Kristen Miller,
who develops dance works with Brown through their collaboration
entitled Cello Theory Dance.
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, by UMass ballet professor
Tom Vacanti, explores
current and personal interpretations of Lord Alfred Tennyson's
poem of the same name. The ballet, a collaboration between
Vacanti and video artist Mark Piaget, is set in a surreal landscape
(is it a garden or a more internal terrain?) and
unfolds to reveal ethereal encounters and memories of
know it when you get there, choreographed by Adrienne
Hawkins, is set to vibrant music by the group Art of
The concert closes with
Marilyn and Sekou Sylla’s
joyous traditional West African piece.
Tickets to the University
Dancers performances are $12 for the general public and $5
for senior citizens, students & children
under 18; available at the Fine Arts Center
Box Office, 413-545-2511, or .