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Five College Dance Dept. press release   Date: 11/28/12 Bookmark and Share

Smith 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 Massachusetts, Amherst.

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.

“Our concert 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 dancers.”

UMass dance professor Billbob Brown’s Please/Thank You features 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 love lost.

You’ll know it when you get there, choreographed by Adrienne Hawkins, is set to vibrant music by the group Art of Noise.

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 online.

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