New Work Explores the Roots of American Dance
Middlebury, VT—The Dance Company of Middlebury presents their newest work “Push: Moving History Forward” on Friday and Saturday, January 27th
, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The piece will explore some of the roots of American dance forms: swing, contact improvisation, hip-hop, and modern dance.
Tiffany Rhynard, Artist in Residence in Dance, is artistic director of the 2011-2012 Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM). She will create two pieces collaboratively with the dancers under the heading “Subverting Normal,” utilizing her background in swing dancing, contact improvisation, and modern dance. B-girl Teena Marie Custer will create a piece based on the principles of hip hop and b-boying/b-girling. She is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and theatre artist who performs and competes internationally with her all female street dance crew, Venus Fly Trap. Distinguished guest artist Nicholas Leichter will also create work with the company, blending a variety of styles from traditional to popular dance forms.
This year’s company includes dancers Davis Anderson ’13, Sarah Chapin ’12, Jeremy Cline ’11.5, Cameron McKinney ’14, James Moore ’12, Jill Moshman ’14, Rachel Nuñez ’14, Hannah Pierce ’13, and Alexandra Vasquez ’12. Come see how this current generation translates historic forms into a new vision of dance for the 21st century.
Formed in 1980, the Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) includes student dancers, selected by audition, who create new work annually under the direction of professional choreographers and designers. DCM creates a pre-professional environment where the students engage in intensive dance training and experience the inner workings of the choreographic process from varied perspectives. Students gain an understanding of how the canon of dance history serves as a foundation for their own dancing bodies, and how they as young people in the field are moving history forward. Each year, DCM premieres a new piece in Vermont before going on tour. This year, DCM will travel to Philadelphia following their January performances.
The two Vermont performances by DCM will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 27th
, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A post-performance discussion and reception will follow Friday’s performance. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road, off Route 30 South in Middlebury. Ample free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts
Photos from top: Dance Company of Middlebury, photo Alan Kimara Dixon; Tiffany Rhynard; Cameron McKinney '14, James Moore '12, and Jeremy Cline '11.5, photo Alan Kimara Dixon; Alexandra Vasquez '12, photo Alan Kimara Dixon