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Dance Company of Middlebury to premiere new work Jan. 27 - 28

January 19, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) will present the premiere of a new work titled "Enemies" during the company's annual performance on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. The piece was choreographed by Middlebury College Artist-in-Residence in Dance Amy Chavasse and created collaboratively with company members and Middlebury College seniors Kate Elias, Hannah Giles and Colin Penley, junior Martha Ann Underhill and sophomore Adriane Medina. "Enemies" will examine the fractious and shifting nature of human and societal conflicts and interactions.

The Dance Company of Middlebury

A thought-provoking new work, "Enemies" incorporates video projections by Sue Rees, an internationally recognized artist and a Bennington College faculty member, and musical compositions by world-renowned drummer-composer Philip Hamilton, a 1982 Middlebury College graduate, to create an aural and visual collage of dance. The 30-minute work includes diverse texts drawn from the recently released National Security Archives, Lewis Carroll's "Walrus and The Carpenter," and responses to surveys conducted on the Middlebury campus to provide contrasting or concurring themes within the dance.

Artist-in-Residence in Dance Amy Chavasse

Chavasse, known for her irreverent commentary on current events, opens the work with a dynamic solo that investigates the concept of enemies. Company members will also perform a revised version of "I Will Spare You," a quirky and kinetic quartet with an original score by Middlebury College Music Director for Dance Michael Chorney that was first presented in 2003. Following that, the New York-based company Everything Smaller will join DCM to perform "Spatula Sound Check," a humorous duet originally created and performed in 2001 by Chavasse and former Middlebury College Visiting Artist in Dance and Theatre Peter Schmitz.

Prior to the performance date, Chavasse will offer a behind-the-scenes lunch and discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. Chavasse will discuss the company's upcoming performance and preview excerpts of the group's newest work. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided.

In addition to this annual performance, the current DCM tour includes travel to Arizona State University (ASU) and Prescott College to perform, present workshops, and participate in classes with Dance Arizona Repertory Theater, from Jan. 31-Feb. 9. Their visit includes performing and working with students at Herrera High School in Tempe, Ariz. The company will observe rehearsals by ASU graduate students in preparation for their Emerging Choreographers Concert and offer classes in improvisation.  The group will also rehearse at the Nest Dance Sanctuary in Jerome, Ariz., beside Mingus Mountain.

The Middlebury College Center for the Arts is located on South Main Street (Route 30). Reserved seating tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens and children. On Friday evening only, a pre-performance dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. Reservations are required. For tickets or dinner reservations, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-MIDD (6433). Online tickets and information are available at