MHC Profs Present Dance Concert April 18-19

Posted: April 11, 2008

Freedman/Coleman and Friends in Concert will present an eclectic evening of dance from award-winning choreographers and MHC dance profs Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman at 8 pm, April 18-19, at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The concert will feature performances by some of the Pioneer Valley's best professional and student dancers. The program also includes a new solo by Rose Oceania, codirector of Zany Angels theatre company, and live performances by visual artist Neal Parks and cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman.


Freedman and Coleman will premiere This Time, a cacophonous, intricately woven ensemble work for 17 performers, ages 8-65, set to a minimalist score played live by cellist Cahn-Lipman. With the audience seated in the round, the dance utilizes the unique, many-doored architecture of the space to explore the serendipity and pathos of community--Cahn-Lipman is wheeled slowly through the space as the dance unfolds. Coleman will present a new video dance, Solo Noho, filmed on the streets of Northampton in collaboration with Ariel Cohen, codirector of Northampton-based slipperyfish dance. This work takes a whimsical look at the unexpected flowering of dance in everyday life and features brief cameos by a number of downtown regulars. Freedman and Coleman will reprise Alchemy, their short, high-octane octet, set to the boisterous, contemporary big band score of the same title by local composer and MHC music professor David Sanford, director of the award-winning Pittsburgh Collective. The evening will close with Written On The Body, a haunting, magical vision of the nuanced entanglements of artist and muse, featuring Amherst-based visual artist Neal Parks and Northampton dancer-choreographer Candice Salyers. The concert also features a new comical solo, Cannolis Are the Italian People's Creampuffs, by Oceania.

Funding for this production includes a faculty grant from Mount Holyoke College. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 413-538-3315. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

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