posted May 8, 2001

Aerial Dance Concert May 21

Aerial Dance Theater will present a concert at Hope College on Monday, May 21, previewing the group's forthcoming appearances in Holland's sister city of Queretaro, Mexico.

The concert at Hope will be presented on Monday, May 21, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St. Tickets will be available at the door, and will cost $6 for regular adult admission, and $4 for senior citizens and students. Admission will be free for children under 12.

The company, an affiliate of the department of dance at Hope, will leave for Queretaro the next day. In Queretaro, the company will perform, teach a variety of master classes and hold open rehearsals that will include question-and-answer sessions.

Aerial's presence in Queretaro is the first stage of a dance cultural exchange that will include reciprocal performances at Hope by Gross Modo, the affiliate dance company of the Autonomous University of Queretaro.

Aerial's Holland performance will include works old and new, award-winning works as well as a premiere.

The premiere of the evening, "Agreement," is choreographed and performed by company members Christine Lutz and Emily Poel.

The concert will also feature a preview of Linda Graham's "Red Wolf." Featuring original sound design by Erik Alberg and Algerian music by Cheb Mami, "Red Wolf" was honored with the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award by the Michigan Dance Council in October of 2000.

Steven Iannacone's "Bolero" is a full-company piece with music by Ravel. "Beyond Existence," choreographed by company member Jodi Kurtze, will be performed by Amy Vertalka to the contemporary opera music of Andrea Boccelli. Iannacone's raw and gripping "Meat" and "Side Show" will be a multi-media exploration engaging light and sound.

Aerial company members going to Queretaro include Kelly Buwalda, Jodi Kurtze, Christine Lutz, Emily Poel and Amy Vertalka, all of whom graduated from Hope earlier this month; Philip Leete, a 2000 Hope graduate; Linda Graham and Steven Iannacone, who are co-artistic directors of Aerial and members of the Hope dance faculty; and Maxine DeBruyn, who chairs the college's department of dance.

Aerial's work is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Herman Miller Inc., Hope College Patrons for the Arts and the Angels for Aerial.  Additional information about the May 21 concert may be obtained by calling the Knickerbocker Theatre's information line at (616) 395-7403 or the college's department of dance at (616) 395-7690.