Mount Holyoke's dance department faculty will present a rich and varied program November 9-11 at 8 pm in the Studio Theatre in the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. The concert will feature visiting artist Paul Dennis's restaging of one of José Limón's seminal works, A Choreographic Offering (1964). Dennis, who was a member of the Limón company for nine years, negotiated with the Limón Foundation for the rights to the piece. He will dance with Mount Holyoke students.
The program will also include new work by guest artist Mark Allen Davis; he was a dancer in The Lion King on Broadway for many years, and has also been a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Dance professor Terese Freedman said, "We are incredibly lucky to have these choreographers here at Mount Holyoke. The students are able to work 'step by step' with some of the real professionals, getting a taste of the 'real world' workings of dance making and company life."
The concert also will feature works by MHC associate dance professors Rose and Charles Flachs, who have created a new ballet incorporating Mount Holyoke students as well as students from their new Massachusetts Academy of Ballet studio in Holyoke. Dance professors Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman have restaged a piece they choreographed several years ago for nine women in 1960s-style party dresses dancing to Roy Orbison songs. Completing the program are two traditional West African group works set on students by guest artist Marilyn Middleton Sylla, who teaches West African dance at the College.