Contemporary Motions Dance Company
to Perform on April 4-5
Posted March 26, 2003
HOLLAND -- Contemporary Motions, the resident
professional dance company of Hope College, has returned to
the Holland area and will perform on Friday and Saturday,
April 4-5, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
Tickets will be available at the door, and cost $7
for regular adult admission and $5 for senior citizens,
students and children over 12. The Knickerbocker Theatre is
located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland.
The program will include world and company
premieres, classic repertory works and reconstructions.
"This year's cast is enthusiastic to return and
present their joy of dance and repeat the magic for this
residency program to our loyal fans," said Julio Rivera, who
is the company's founder and artistic director. "We have
been busy rehearsing and preparing in New York City and
Holland. We are creating new works, re-staging old
favorites, reconstructing works that call for more or new
voices, and polishing works of emerging young choreographers
to bring yet another powerful season production to our fans
in the Hope College, Holland and surrounding communities."
Veteran company member Alicia Diaz returns with
Matthew Thornton to present their collaborative "La Orilla,"
a duet with continuously evolving shapes and forms,
accomplished through the sharing of weight and set to the
poem "Una palabra" by Carlos Varela and original music
composed by Oliver Lyons. The work features a new opening
section evoking an aquatic environment, and continuing the
thread of La Orilla.
One of the repertory works featured on the program
is the dynamic female trio "Ghost Birds," the first work
created by Rivera for the company's world premiere in 1986
at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. "Ghost Birds" is
an abstract work in two sections. The first, performed as a
solo by Katie Rowden, who is an apprentice with the company
and a native Michigander, emphasizes soft, flowing, round
and lyrical movement. In contrast, the second section is
performed as a trio in a celebration of percussive, driving
non-stop movement. Company member Erica Nelson and
apprentice Kelly Buwalda, who is a 2001 Hope graduate, will
join Rowden for the second section.
Rowden will also dance the solo "Ether." The
work, created at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and
performed at the school's memorial to Alvin Ailey,
celebrates the essence of the self while being pulled from
different and possibly conflicting sides.
The newly reconstructed "Wild Hearts" will follow.
Performed by Nelson and Buwalda to a song popularized by
Sinead O'Connor, the duet explores the private emotional
trip of a lost love and ends with an upbeat celebration of
Diaz will dance her solo "Yukuninu," a piercing
voyage, and rite of passage in isolation, set in a sharply
lit corridor. The work, which premiered at Hope during the
company's 15th anniversary season, has been called haunting
Rivera will perform the solo "Cold," to the song
of the same title by Annie Lennox. The work is a man's
dance of remembrance and forgetting...moving on. The solo
has toured internationally with Rivera, and among other
recognition received a special notice of distinction at the
Avignon International Dance Festival.
Rivera will also present an adaptation of his most
recent work for Hope's department of dance, "Forever Without
End...As It Was." The adaptation has a new ending and will
be titled "Origin Cycle."
Contemporary Motions is also presenting the
choreographic debut and premiere work of Erica Nelson. The
solo work is set to music that she and her husband, Yorell
Ashley, composed in collaboration.
Based in New York, Contemporary Motions has been
the professional dance company in residence at Hope since
1991. Also this coming year, the company will tour to
Puerto Rico for performances at the University of Puerto
Rico, and will travel to Queretaro, Mexico, as part of the
exchange relationship between Hope College and the
Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro.