Proyecto República Dominicana
During the fall 2009 under the artistic direction of Penny Campbell, The Dance Company of Middlebury developed a concert of dances for performance at Middlebury and in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in January/February 2010. Our work was inspired by our partners in the DR—Teatro Bálsamo, a community-based theatre group, and elementary school children participating in the Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids program sponsored by the Vermont Institute on the Caribbean—and was made to share our modern/postmodern dance sensibilities and incorporate some of their concerns. Our concert included three works: an improvised ensemble piece with live music by Arthur Brooks and Michael Chorney; a suite of duets featuring Sophia Levine and Christian Morel, one of which was choreographed by guest artist Christal Brown; and KIDZ/NIÑOZ, a collaboration with composer and philosophy professor Kareem Khalifa that took its content from children’s play and incorporated Dominican children’s songs in the score. Teatro Bálsamo, under the direction of Arisleyda Beard, performs a 45-minute piece dedicated to preserving Dominican children’s songs and dances through the generations. While on tour to Puerto Plata, DCM joined Bálsamo in a performance of that piece in the city’s central park to an enthusiastic crowd of at least 100 children. At the end of that performance, DCM also performed KIDZ/NIÑOZ for the crowd. See Shannon Bohler-Small’s blog from the tour for pictures and commentary on the tour.
For more details including a link to Shannon Bohler-Small's daily blog of the tour click here.