The H2 Dance Company of Hope College will open its touring year with a concert on campus on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31, and Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
H2 Dance Company is comprised of Hope students and is one of the college’s premier dance companies. H2 Dance performs a wide assortment of styles by a variety of choreographers. The company strives to ensure that there will always be at least one piece in the concert that is relatable to viewers, while another will challenge the audience members.
The theme for this year’s concert is “Extremes,” centered around the saying about life “that there is comedy and tragedy, and then everything in between.” The choreographers took their own artistic approach with the theme, either tackling the idea of extremes head-on, or looking at the ideas, feelings, and situations surrounding the word.
Matthew Farmer and Crystal Frazier, co-artistic directors of H2 Dance, each have two pieces in the concert. Farmer’s works are “Her/Eleanor,” which tackles the tragedy of on-campus sexual assault, and a contemporary women’s ballet piece, which focuses on the beauty of the human form. Frazier reshapes audience favorites from previous years with her pieces: “Xscapism,” a hip hop piece that addresses the issue of personal history and stereotypes, and “Midnight in the Queens Court,” a tap piece that looks into the world of power and politics.
Three other pieces included in the concert are from guest choreographers Sharon Wong, Kristen Farmer and Anne-Rene Petrarca.
Due to the mature subject matter in this concert, pauses have been included between each piece to allow patrons to exit and reenter, if desired.
During its touring year, H2 Dance will be traveling to several cities, including Detroit, Chicago and Big Rapids. This concert will also begin H2 Dance’s official campaign to attend the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. H2 Dance has been invited to perform the world premiere of its newest full-length evening work, “Dieser Ort,” at the festival, which is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. H2 Dance will also officially announce its fundraising campaign at this concert.
Tickets for the performance are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for children and students, and are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online at hope.edu/tickets.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.