Dance 29 Features Guest Choreographer Avi Kaiser
Posted February 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- International choreographer Avi Kaiser
will bring his artistic talent to Holland as guest
choreographer for the Hope College-sponsored Dance 29
This year's concert will run Thursday-Saturday,
March 6-8, in the main theatre of the DeWitt Center, located
on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Curtain time will be at
8 p.m. for all performances.
Avi Kaiser is an internationally influential and
successful choreographer in the art of dance theater. He
trained and performed with the world-renowned Bat-Sheva
Dance Company in Israel before coming to Europe to found
Blue Ran Dances.
He has worked with many leading European dance
companies, including Suzanne Linke and Dancers, Carolyn
Carlson and Cie, Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez, and Jean
Claude Gallotta. He has produced major international
touring works for many companies, and his choreography has
been produced at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.),
Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Hebbel Theatre (Berlin),
Brooklyn Academy of Dance (New York City), Suzanne Dellal
Center (Tel Aviv), la Scala (Milan), and various other major
dance venues. Kaiser is a respected guest teacher and
regularly accepts invitations at major dance institutions,
workshops, and "stages."
His international full-length dance productions
include "Le Coq Est Mort," "Humus," "In the Body," "Lieber
R," "Cri-Ah," "Le Depart De Marsaille," "Short Stories," and
Kaiser is the founder and director of "The Roof"
Tanzraum, a creative/performance space for international
artists in Duisburg, Germany, which opened to the public in
January of 2003. His current projects include
choreographing in Austria and preparing for a new production
in Paris. He is also touring with "Piazza Figure 2," a
piece co-choreographed and performed with Sergio Antonino,
who assisted with the creation of Kaiser's work for Dance
29, "Not All Islands are Surrounded by Water."
Hope dancers to be featured in Kaiser's piece for
Dance 29 include junior Kathleen Davenport of Gainesville,
Fla.; senior Noelle Davids of Big Rapids; junior Dawn
Flandermeyer of Saint Charles, Mo.; junior Colette Harris of
Chicago, Ill.; and senior Bethany White of Evansville, Ind.
"Working with Avi was one of the most exciting
experiences I have had at Hope," White said. "His insight
on dance and his approach to choreography was something
completely new to me and I found the process not only
educational, but it opened up a whole new dance world for
"His piece not only will enrich the concert but
will also add the extra element of dance theater that will
showcase the diversity of the dance department," she said.
"Avi is a well-known and respected choreographer in Europe
and I am excited to see he is receiving the credit he
deserves in the United States and in Holland, Michigan."
Junior Colette Harris reflected that, "working
with Avi was unlike anything else I have ever experienced
since I began dancing 16 years ago. The whole process of
creating the piece was like taking an incredible journey,
where everything was fresh and interesting and with each new
step there was a learning process."
Tickets for Dance 29 are available from the
theatre lobby ticket office located in DeWitt Center, and
cost $7 for regular adult admission and $5 for senior
citizens, students and members of Hope College faculty and
staff. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday from noon until 5
p.m., as well as until 8 p.m. on performance nights, and can
be reached at (616) 395-7890.