At REDCAT tonight and tomorrow (Dec. 18-19), students from the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance present three brand-new works by choreography faculty Colin Connor, Rosanna Gamson and Stephanie Nugent in the 2009 Winter Dance Concert. The dancers will be accompanied by students from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
- Flying In The Face Of Time choreographed by Colin Connor sets seven dancers, witnessing and sustaining each other as they hurtle through time together, against four musicians playing Beethoven’s turbulent masterpiece, the Grosse Fugue. Beethoven wrestled his tempest of overlapping melodies and rhythms out of his deafness and the approach of the end of his life. In solidarity with him, these seven dancers fling their bodies through time toward the unknown.
- Would I Then Be choreographed by Stephanie Nugent is a dance/theater work created in response to the 1992 film Orlando and based upon a Virginia Woolf’s fictional biography. It explores the duality of the masculine/feminine and revels in the film’s fluid relationship to time, referencing both historic and contemporary perspectives on gender and sexual identity. Would I Then Be reveals the complex beauty of an individual’s search for wholeness in a world of duality.
- Ink choreographed by Rosanna Gamson uses dancing inspired by brush calligraphy, touching and movement compulsions and an immense sheet of black silk. The dance explores the ways we mark and stain each other–through intimacy and through the avoidance of intimacy. The dance takes place in the ominous landscape created by the silk. Couples, solitary figures and knots of men and women appear and disappear to meet, dance, embrace and part.
The Winter Dance program was also performed at CalArts last week, and the slideshow (above) contains stills from those performances.
CalArts Winter Dance
Friday, Dec. 18 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20, $16 students and $10 for CalArts students, faculty and staff