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Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Fall Concert

Release date: November 16, 2012

November 16 and 17, 7:30pm; November 18, 2:00pm

Come see Goucher dancers perform works choreographed by Goucher faculty Kathi Ferguson, Juliet Forrest, and Linda Garofalo, as well as works set by guest artists Melissa Barak, Doug Elkins, and Brian Flynn. Join us at 6:45 in the Rosenberg Gallery to hear from the artists whose works are featured in the concert.

Melissa Barak had the following to say about her week spent at Goucher: "The piece I created on the Goucher dancers was really that of a spontaneous nature. In the first couple days, I had a brief time trying to learn their strengths and personalities so those could be utilized in the piece. I was not able to envision anything beforehand for I didn't know who/what I'd be working with. So it really was a ballet that was created step by step which morphed into something abstract; the music being the ultimate catalyst for the work. The two musical scores I used are repetitive yet change mood and feeling with their underlying pulsing of notes. It was music I was eager to play with."

Doug Elkin's original work set on our students is a study of social dance dance forms that includes breakdancing, hip-hop, vogue, and Scottish Country dance, to name a few, that is infused with both modern dance concepts and the martial arts of Capoeira and Aikido in three different era's. Music selections represent 3 different era's that includes a danced duet to Dean Martin's Sway (1954), a quartet of dancers to Frankie Valli & the 4 Season's Beggin' (1967), and a large group finale to Hardrive's Deep Inside (1993).

Pascal Rioult's Wien (1995), choreographed to Maurice Ravel's La Valse, is a fantastic and fatal swirling of tragic dimensions. In this work, the Viennese waltz, the very image of social refinement, becomes the symbol of a disintegrating society taken into a whirlpool of volence and humiliation. Wien is a trailing of a failed humanity, a premonition of triumphant evil placed in a poisoned atmosphere of despair and fatality. Guest artist Brian Flynn, member of the modern dance company Rioult, set Wien on Goucher dancers earlier in the semester.

Professor Juliet Forrest will premiere "Corrupted Culture," a new work for 13 dancers, a sardonic comment about technology and its impact on society. Composer Jopn Scoville has created a new score, and Forrest has written the original text, read by Tandy Beal. The work marks a collaboration that took place over the past four months.

Faculty member Linda Garofalo will be presenting a new contemporary work which experiments with movement invention inspired by sculpture, color, and spatial design. Tentatively titled "Spectrum", the work is being created in collaboration with her 14 dancers, student composer Cuong Nguyen '14, and computer music faculty member Samuel Burt.

Dido and Aeneas, British composer Henry Purcell's first opera (1688), is one of the most beloved Baroque operas ever written. Based on book IV of Vergil's Aeneid, it concerns the love between Dido, the queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the Trojan hero, who abandons her.  In the Fall concert you will see sections of the opera, choreographed by Kathi Ferguson, in sequence with the tale of the progress of Dido and Aeneas.  The full opera can be seen on December 5 and 6 in Kraushaar Auditorium.

$15 general admission; $5 students, all Goucher OneCard holders, and senior citizens. Purchase tickets at Goucher events or by calling the box office at 410-337-6333.

Kraushaar Auditorium