January 21, 1997
Dance Company of Middlebury in Final Performance
of Crossing Over
The Dance Company of Middlebury will perform Crossing
Over, an hour-long dance in eight sections with original music
by Peter Jones, lighting by Michael Giannitti of Bennington College,
and an environmental set by Vermont visual artist Herb Ferris,
at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 and 30 at the
Center for the Arts Dance Theatre at Middlebury College. Crossing
Over was created by Andrea Olsen, director of the dance program,
in collaboration with Guest Artist Peter Schmitz and the student
ensemble, including Kris Clarke ‘97, Christina Guillette ‘97,
Kate Kerschbaum ‘96.5, Amy Larsen ‘97, Melissa Loeben ‘98, Faye
Leone ‘99, Betsey McCall ‘99, and Mark Stuver ‘97.5. Appearing
as guest performers with the company for the final performances
will be Paul Matteson and Meagan Londy.
Several of the company members have received recent
awards and honors for their dancing. Betsey McCall and Melissa
Loeben were honored this month by having their work selected to
be performed on the Gala Concert
at the American College Dance Festival at Bates College,
and last spring Kate Kerschbaum and Paul Matteson performed Mr.
Matteson’s choreography at the Kennedy Center, where he was awarded
Dance Magazine’s Outstanding Young Choreographer award.
Paul Matteson, Mark Stuver, and Christina Guillette have been
invited to accompany Peter Schmitz to Boston for a featured performance
of his choreography in February.
Crossing Over is based
on Ms. Olsen’s experience with her father, a water-color painter,
in his struggle with Alzheimer’s. The dance acknowledges the
gradual process of surrender and transformation for both father
and daughter, and the subtle invocation which involves the whole
community in the mysterious celebration of crossing over from
life to death. The work has been revised and edited through performances
this fall, and has recently been presented on tour in Massachusetts.
Tickets are $4 general admission, $3 faculty, staff,
and senior citizens, and $2 for students. They can be reserved
by calling 443-6433. For more information, please call Andrea
Olsen at 443-5687.