MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Middlebury College senior dance students Caroline Bodkin and Jareb Keltz will offer an evening-length concert of dance works, "Next to Standing" and "We Live Here, We Work Here," on April 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts Dance Theatre on South Main Street (Route 30). Real-life movement interactions inspire the work of both of these choreographers. Bodkin transforms familiar encounters into dreamlike sequences, while Keltz looks at the ways in which perceptions of the world and interactions with other people influence environmental awareness and action.
The performance begins with "Next to Standing," a 30-minute sequence in three parts choreographed by Bodkin, who will perform the dance with student dancers Mikey Azzara, Andrew Boyer, Mike Deni, Caitlin Greenfield, Kim Guion and Kate Stamper. "Next to Standing" explores themes of emotional and physical intimacy and alienation through the use of stuttered, angular movement sequences and intimate, internally focused gestures.
"We Live Here, We Work Here," choreographed by Keltz, explores the relationship between environmental awareness and dance. Featured in the performance along with Keltz are students Heather Beal, Corey Bills, Ben Calvi and Eve-Lyn Hinckley. Keltz uses his interest in the way natural environments dictate the movements people make in daily life as inspiration for creating dances. In addition to his own choreography, he will perform a new work, "Wind," choreographed by Middlebury College Professor of Dance Andrea Olsen, with original music composed by visiting artist Mike Vargas, a lecturer and accompanist at the University of Colorado. The piece is inspired by Keltz's experience growing up on Nantucket Island.
Tickets are $4 for general admission and $3 for senior citizens. For information and reservations, call the Center for the Arts box office at 802-443-6433.