Chamber Dance Company
UW Dance Program
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 12, 2013
Chamber Dance Company Concert 2013
Engender – In Gender
Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12 at 7:30
Sunday, October 13 at 2:00
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
Pre-performance lobby lectures:
30 minutes prior to curtain
The UW Dance Program is pleased to present its annual Chamber Dance Company concert October 10-13, 2013 in Meany Hall. The company presents rarely seen modern dance works of historic and artistic significance, and offers a unique experience to Seattle audiences. The CDC is only one a few companies in the nation who share a commitment to preserving modern dance history while offering these artistic treasures to local audiences.
Performed primarily by MFA dance candidates of the highest caliber, these dancers have had at least eight years of professional performance experience (a requirement for admittance into the MFA program) with such nationally and internationally acclaimed groups such as Momix, Hubbard Street Dancers, San Francisco Ballet, Bern Ballet, Limón Dance Company and Doug Varone and Dancers, this is a concert with world class dancers.
This year’s program, entitled Engender – In Gender, explores five works highlighting the impact of gender in dance. These combined works give the audience the opportunity not only to discover choreographic masterpieces, but also to witness the constantly changing attitudes about who dances and why.
Men and women in motion have evoked a riot of reactions from the public over the centuries in response to athletics, art, and politics. Are men and women’s roles interchangeable? Do gender boundaries, which, if crossed, create misapprehension and confusion, or a new understanding of the human condition?
This year’s concert includes the following:
Doris Humphrey choreographed Air for the G String (1928) as a walking meditation on humanity embodied in the feminine form and psyche: and only three years later she choreographed The Shakers (1931) exploring the radical notions of gender /sexual division as a path to societal survival and the attainment of pure, sexually-sublimated craftsmanship.
Fast-forward to 1970 when another female choreographer was striking out on her own. Twyla Tharp took her uniquely “brainy” approach to movement and added to her repertoire The Fugue, which, at the time, took the formal qualities of the fugue to a new dimension. A trio of dancers, each one given her own movement voice, performs a series of vignettes that captivate and boggle the mind. Originally created as a dance for Tharp, Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright in boots and hot pants, CDC examines the nuances of an all-female cast versus a male cast. Does the performers’ gender alter the dance’s meaning?
A CDC favorite, Zvi Gotheiner, is characteristically lyrical, yet relentless in his examination of relationships and, ultimately, humanity. Employing the music of Marlui Miranda, a singer, composer and
researcher widely recognized as the consummate performer of Amazon indigenous music, Brazilian Duets (1998) takes the audience on a journey that leads to a greater understanding of how we all can coexist on this planet.
Doug Varone’s Possession Quartet, premiered in 1994 to a score by Phillip Glass, and inspired by Possession: A Romance, a 1990 bestselling novel by British writer A. S. Byatt, is a riveting exploration of the complexities of gender relationships. Varone’s work embodies daring physicality and emotional depth, and is musically driven by Glass’s pulsing score.
About the Chamber Dance Company
Founded in 1990 by Hannah Wiley, the Chamber Dance Company, composed of candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in dance, has enjoyed a more than twenty-year commitment from the University and has become a favorite of Seattle audiences.
At a time when much of the modern dance canon is being lost to history, the Company's mission to present, record, and archive works of historical and artistic significance is more important than ever. The UW Dance Program is proud to present the CDC in order to assure these dances are kept alive and accessible for local dance audiences and scholars.
A comprehensive and evolving interactive CDC repertory database and linked CDC repertory archive, the product of the Chamber Dance Company's seasons of presenting selected modern dance classics can be found at: dance.uw.edu/cdc/archive/.
Tickets are available online at www.meany.org or at 206-543-4880. Online patrons have the advantage of choosing their own seats. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office, 1313 NE41st Street. Tickets are subject to availability. Artists, dates, programs, and prices are subject to change.
Tickets: www.meany.org and at 206-543-4880
General Admission, $20 Advance/$22 at the door
Faculty/Staff/UWAA, $18 Advance/$20 at the door
Students/Seniors, $10 Advance/$12 at the door
Location and Parking: Meany Hall is located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, on 15th Avenue NE between NE 40th and 41st Streets. Parking is available in the Central Parking Garage
(entrance at 15th Avenue and 41st Street). On street metered parking is also available.
Special Needs: The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance of the event you are attending: 206-543-6450(voice), 206-685-7264 (fax) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket information for all concerts:
UW Arts Ticket Office 206-543-4880
For information about other Dance performances, please visit the
Dance Performance Calendar page