CCBC Dance Company offers an original and intriguing program
for its annual spring concert
April 26-28, B Building Theatre, CCBC Essex
Baltimore County, Md. (April 23, 2012) – Innovation and movement highlight the annual CCBC Dance Company’s Spring Concert with performances at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 26 and 8 p.m. April 27 and 28 on the Mainstage of the B Building Theatre at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets, which are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors, students, CCBC faculty, staff and alumni, are available from the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 (ARTS) or two hours prior to each performance
CCBC Dance Company members for spring 2012 are: Angelique Eshman of Essex, Leanne Gibson of Baltimore, Kara Glinowiecki of Nottingham, Deontay Gray of Baltimore, Melissa Lloyd of Baltimore, Rachael Mucha of Nottingham, Jasmine Perry of Baltimore, Brandon Rapp of Perry Hall, Maurice Stokes of Baltimore, Taylor Stransky of Nottingham, Ashley Thompson of Owings Mills, Noelle Tolbert of Windsor Mill. Josh Bingamon of Dundalk and Shekinah Henderson of Baltimore are apprentices to the company.
The Spring Concert highlights original works by CCBC Dance full-time and adjunct faculty as well as guest artists:
• Assistant Professor of Dance Melinda Blomquist’ s new work, Pronouncement, is an intriguing investigation of the decision making process that shapes us as individuals and explores how we are led to make choices. The dancers worked with Melinda in developing thoughts about their own decision making processes that have shaped their individual exploration of the movement
• Assistant Professor of Dance Tommy Parlon's new full company piece Rewind Interlude, explores the relationship between dancers and the space they occupy. The piece combines modern dance and jazz and is filled with wry satirical moments.
• Assistant Director and adjunct faculty Linda O’Brien has created a new work for the company, Dichotomy. "Fate is the result of the past. Free will is the result of the present" opines seer-port Sri Chinmoy. Dichotomy explores the concepts of fate and free will. Does free will exist or has everything already been decided? Do our choices condemn us or can we act to save ourselves? Can we sacrifice ourselves to save others? Do we control our destiny?
• Guest artist and CCBC alumnus Peter Pucci created a new work for members of the dance company in January. Inspired by the book After The Fall, New Yorkers Remember September 11, 2001 (edited by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury) the dancers were able to read several of the stories from the book as part of the creative process during the week long intensive with Peter. Pucci’s resulting new work, Above Us Only Sky, is a moving tribute to the events of September 11, 2001 and the impact these events have had on our lives. A video about Peter Pucci is available at http://blog.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/featured/peter-pucci/.
• Guest artist Adrienne Clancy has created a work for the company. Portals, choreographed in collaboration with CCBC Dance Company, focuses on the metaphoric use of doorways to explore choices and questions that arise in relationships: With whom might we like to partner to build our next pathway? Who will be there to support us if we are falling? How might we test our networks to understand the strength of their support? Portals combines physically demanding, powerful movement with the sensitive portrayal of the individual’s quest to connect and find support within a community.
• Adjunct faculty Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo have set their work The Invitation on members of the company. The work explores the relationship between a medial, underground society to a contemporary world. Can the two coexist? It is an exploration of power versus weakness and determining what world defines the other
• Adjunct faculty Amanda Fair will be presenting a work that explores of the fusion of African and Horton technique, a major codified modern dance technique reputed to fortify, stretch, and strengthen the human body.
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