Set on the beautiful campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, the Bates Dance Festival hosts an international community of choreographers, performers educators, and students who come together each summer to study, perform, and create new work. The Festival fosters a cooperative community and provides a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground, and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines.
Set on the beautiful campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, the Bates Dance Festival hosts an international community of choreographers, performers educators, and students who come together each summer to study, perform, and create new work. The Festival fosters a cooperative community and provides a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas -- encouraging exploration of new ground, and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines.
Each summer the Bates Dance Festival brings over thirty artists to teach a diverse program of classes in modern, ballet, jazz, and ethnic techniques, repertory, making dances, creative process, contact improvisation, body therapies, yoga, music for dancers, lighting design, dance writing, issues in contemporary dance, video/dance, and more. Over 250 participants from 35 states and 8 foreign countries attended in 2000.
Included in the program are a three-week professional training program for dancers age 18 and older; a two-week Young Dancers Workshop for students age 13-17; a five-week performance and public events series featuring internationally renowned dance artists; and a wide range of community outreach programs.
This year's faculty will perform on July 21 in ALONE & TOGETHER/ FACULTY CONCERT. Modern choreographer Michael Foley and jazz dancer Katiti King will collaborate on a new duet that revisits vaudeville set to the comic banter of Pearl Bailey. Shonach Mirk Robles, a former principal with Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century, performs one of her solos. Hip Hop dancer Clyde Evans Jr., who "dazzled audiences as a member of Rennie Harris PureMovement", performs SPEECHLESS, a look at the history of hip hop.
Dance master Richard Gonzalez performs CARIBBEAN MELANGE, an array of Afro-Caribbean dances "turning the tradition of modern dance upside down to explore a fusion of various cultural expressions. Improviser Ray Eliot Schwartz explores the intricacies of the human anatomy through text and movement. Houston-based dancer, Jane Weiner presents NIGHT MOVES, created for her by choreographer Mark Dendy, set to the music of Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell.
Among other performances this year are:
August 3, 4, 2001 - 8:00 PM
BEBE MILLER COMPANY
"Acclaimed for her stunning collaborative works, Bebe Miller creates a physical language for the human condition that is the connecting thread throughout her work. A favorite at the Festival is past years, Miller returns with her company of four to present the New England premiere of VERGE, a kinetic exploration of the physical act of touch, set to a compelling score by composer Hahn Rowe."
August 7 - 8:00 PM
Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
THE COMPOSERS CONCERT
A program of original and improvised music featuring the music of composer, singer and cellist and "Bessie" award-winner Robert Een, who has composed numerous scores for film, dance and theater; Mike Vargas, composer of more than 60 scores for dance; pianist Christian Cherry, whose works have been performed at Lincoln Center, the Wexner Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; percussionist Gilles Obermayer, whose repertoire reflects the rhythms of Africa; multi-instrumentalist Terrence Karn; and noted improviser Albert Mathias.
Aug. 11- 8:00 PM
"Different Voices brings a rich mix of world dance to your feet. Showcasing contemporary cultural traditions from around the globe the evening features new works by established and emerging artists including the innovative Cuban choreographer Marianela Boan, performing an excerpt from her riveting solo SEAGULL. Interdisciplinary performance artist Bill "Crutch" Shannon returns to present an excerpt from Old Rain. Ting-Chu Cho, a former principal with Taiwan's renowned Cloud Gate Theatre, returns to presents a new collaboration with composer Terrence Karn. One of Tokyo's hottest young choreographers, Akiko Kitamura incorporates street dance into her adventurous kinetic structures. Cape Verdean choreographer Mano Preto offers up a new work informed by his traditional roots. Indonesian choreographer Hartati presents a solo that reflects her distinct mix of Javanese, West Sumatran and contemporary dance. Also on the program are new works by gifted emerging choreographer and recent Juilliard graduate Charlotte Griffin, and Larry Keigwin, the sensational principal dancer of Dendy Dance Theater."
Plus a YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS / NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
on the afternoon of August 18 which will feature over 24 student works created during the three weeks of the Festival and will include critical feedback from select faculty members. Audience members are welcome to come and go throughout the afternoon.
For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit
http://abacus.bates.edu/admin/offices/spsp/df Bates College