Fall Dance Debuts November 14

Paul Matteson and James Morrow in Paul Matteson’s Take it OVER. Photo by Richard Termine

Get set for magnetic movement in a variety of dance styles from ballet and modern to Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean. The MHC Dance Department will present Fall Dance November 14–16 at 8 pm in the Kendall Hall Studio Theatre. These three dynamic nights will feature works by guest artists Sidra Bell, Tong Wang, and faculty members Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Paul Matteson, and Marilyn Sylla.

Five College dancers will perform a new work by nationally renowned NYC choreographer Sidra Bell. She is an award-winning choreographer and the artistic director of her company, Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Guest artist Tong Wang, currently on the faculty at the University of California at Irvine, has created In the Reflection, a lively character-based work set to Songs without Words by Felix Mendelssohn. Wang has performed principal roles in the Shanghai Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and most recently Ballet West.

Take It OVER, a trio that emphasizes kinetic partnering, is also featured in this concert. As Culturebot’s Maura Donahue wrote, [The piece] “digs into richly interpersonal textures while offering breathy release and vigorous partnering.”

Choreographer Paul Matteson is a BESSIE Award-winning dancer and a past member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He holds a joint appointment at Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Performing with Matteson are the dynamic duo Jen Polins and James Morrow.

Marilyn and Sekou Sylla present the vivacious Carnivalé, which brings to theatrical life the lively carnival rhythms, dances, and songs from Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil.

Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman have restaged their large group work Falling. Set to five songs by Roy Orbison, with a disco ball and follow spotlight, this work pokes nostalgic, charged fun at the passions and foibles of youthful desire. Jim Coleman also premiers a new short film, Leaving Cape Station.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve your tickets, call the box office at 413-538-2848 or e-mail mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com

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