The evening will feature diverse works choreographed by faculty from the Five Colleges. Wendy Woodson of Amherst College will present Dance Me to the End of Love, an intimate contemporary partner dance. Hampshire College's Cathy Nicoli's new solo Love Apple is a witty devotion to the simple beauty in what old timers used to call the love apple--the tomato. Nicoli's performance of Love Apple celebrates her belief that love can be as plump-ripe, as succulent, as honest, and as good for you as the tomato. Mount Holyoke professors of dance Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman's new piece titled Written in the Body is a collaboration with visual artist Neal Parks that explores the mix of drawing, dancing, and video art. Mount Holyoke visiting artist in dance Matisse Madden's Dragon brings a contemporary ballet piece to the stage that portrays nightwalkers approaching their mortality at Poli Hale (house of the dead). Smith College's Robin Prichard's latest solo continues her exploration into absence: Movement Study for One, with an Absent Lover captures the capricious thoughts and mutable emotions of one contemplating the absence of a loved one. Sam Kenney of the University of Massachusetts will present a new duet titled This Illusion Meant.
An additional feature of this year's concert is a performance of Trisha Brown's Set and Reset/Reset, performed by Five College Dance students. This renowned work was set by Five College Dance alumna and Trisha Brown Dance Company former member Abigail Yager. Five College alumna Kathy Couch has redesigned the set.
Tickets are $3 for students and seniors and $6 for the general public. For reservations, call 413-542-2277.