September 23, 1997

Dancers Eiko & Koma to Appear in "River" at Middlebury College

A Japanese duo of dancer-choreographers based in New York City, Eiko & Koma will appear in "River" in the Dance Theatre at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 8:00 p.m. on October 3-4.

An entirely different work from the outdoor, environmental version of "River" that Eiko & Koma performed in 1995 and 1996, this production concerns the relationship of human beings to the earth, not only in an ecological sense, but also in a spiritual sense. Through their movements, Eiko & Koma suggest humanity's emergence from the waters of birth.

Beginning their collaboration in Tokyo, western Europe and Tunisia in the early 1970s, Eiko & Koma first appeared in America in 1976. Since then, they have presented their works at theatres, universities, museums, galleries and festivals across North America, Europe and Japan. Alan M. Kriegsman, of "The Washington Post," describes Eiko & Koma as "¬Ö distinguished artists, who remain in the forefront of contemporary dance by virtue of their daring, imagination, and originality¬Ö" Jack Anderson of "The New York Times" says "The dances of Eiko & Koma unite terror with grandeur."

Tickets for this concert series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.

Eiko & Koma's performances of "River" at Middlebury College are funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Philip Morris Companies Inc. "River" is sponsored by the Middlebury College Concert Series.