The body & What it carries: Four New Dance Works
February 17-19 and 24-26 at 8pm
Roble Dance Studio 38 in Roble Gym
What does the body carry? It carries all the kinetic memory of everything experienced -- perceptually, proprioceptively, emotionally, cognitively, conceptually, and expressively; it carries cultural memory of individuals, and of groups across place and time; it carries a history of stories.
This dance concert explores the question of what the body carries through a variety of dance styles and original choreography by Stanford Dance instructors Aleta Hayes (and her "movement band" "The Chocolate Heads") and Robert Moses (San Francisco-based dance troupe "KIN"), as well as acclaimed San Francisco-based choreographer Todd Eckert, and San Francisco Ballet dancers/co-choreographers Garen Scribner and Quinn Wharton.
The Body & What It Carries also features all new music commissioned by the Stanford Institute for Creativity in the Arts (SiCa), composed by Stanford-affiliated musicians Blair Foley, Dohi Moon, Patrick Kennedy & Ron Ragin, and Robert Moses.
This main season production is designed by Stanford Drama instructors Erik Flatmo (scene design) and Connie Strayer (costume design and make-up), with lighting design by Stanford Senior Michael Rooney (RENT; Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain; The Waste Land in Black and White) and is curated by Dance Division instructor Diane Frank.
Opening in conjunction with this production is the art installation Reflex/Reflect: Dancers Think Through Muscle Memory, curated by Stanford Dance instructor and former San Francisco Ballet principle dancer Muriel Maffre. The installation, created by last summer's Dance Repertory class, uses photo and video montages, artwork, poetry, and personal archival material to illustrate the dancer's process of internalizing choreography.
Reflex/Reflect will be on display in the Roble Gym Lounge before and after each performance, and is open to the public for viewing February 10 through March 18, Monday-Friday at 9am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday at 10am-5pm.
"Chocolate Heads" dancers Leimomi Kanagusuku
and Madeline Hawes. Photos by Michael Rooney.