Sunday, December 4, 2022

William & Mary’s Orchesis Modern Dance Company to Present ‘Dancevent’

After the Four (Provided by William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary’s Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance’s Orchesis Modern Dance Company — a collaboration between faculty and students — will present its fall performance “Dancevent” at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square Oct. 27-30.

Since 1941, the Orchesis Modern Dance Company has been creating high-quality modern dance performances at William and Mary, producing two performances a year.

Dancevent will feature original works choreographed by Vicki Fink, Joan Gavaler, Leah Glenn, and Denise Damon Wade, with performances by faculty, Orchesis members, and guest artists, according to a show announcement. Technical direction is by David Garrett and the lighting design is by Steve Holliday.

Featured are:

“Broken Armor” by Victoria Fink — “… a movement exploration in two parts, first, the calm before the storm, and second, a tense mystery of the ‘what if.’ The choreography and dancers express a vague idea of how it may feel if we were to let our guards down and the complexity of relationships with the self and others.”

Joan Gavaler’s “Within Time” — “… an intersection of live performance and video projection by collaborators Joan Gavaler and Grace Helmick. The piece explores outwardly driven, distracted, struggling, and confused energies leading to a new understanding.”

“Shifting Polarities” by Joan Gavaler — “… explores human relationships through an
analogy of magnets repelling and attracting.”

“Remix” by Leah Glenn — “… a collaboration with San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson explores ‘the version that our ancestors alluded to in the original.'”

“All Kinds of Blue” — “… Glenn’s kinesthetic response to the smooth, serene sound of Miles Davis’ All Blues.”

Denise Wade’s “Wild…Life?” — “… inspired by the animal world and the thin line between what is ‘animal’ and what is ‘human.'”

“Breathe” — “… is Wade’s new short experimental dance for the camera, exploring what to do when life is overwhelming.”

A talkback will follow the performance on Thursday, Oct. 27. Dancevent at the
Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27-29 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.

General Admission tickets are $15. For more information, contact the William and Mary Box Office.

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