posted September 17, 2003

Zephyr and Aerial Dance to Perform

Zephyr Dance of Chicago, Ill., and Holland's own Aerial Dance Theater will perform two evenings of dynamic and unique works of contemporary choreography on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 26-27, at 8 p.m. at the Hope College-owned Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland.

In addition, Aerial will offer a special "Family Affair" matinee exploring "Light, Color and Shadow" on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m.Among the original works presented by the two companies during the evening concerts will be two original works performed by Zephyr. "The Moment of Disappearing" by Emily Stein investigates the concept of boundaries in various realms, whether physical, geographical, psychological or emotional. The work explores the elusive and often indiscernible distinction between stillness and movement; silence and sound; individual and couple.

"Do Us Part" is a full company work for Zephyr, choreographed by artistic director Michelle Kranicke. The complex "Do Us Part" uses sophisticated lighting and sound with the movement to create a refreshing dance exploring loss.

Aerial will be performing a large, group version of "Bolero" by Steven Iannacone, the company's co-artistic director. A dynamic study in crescendo, the piece develops to an explosive, powerful conclusion. Also performed by Aerial will be Ray Tadio's exploration of relationships, "Chandra," and an original work by Hope College theatre graduate Peter Beck titled "Savage Love."Zephyr Dance was founded by artistic director Michelle Kranicke in 1989. A spirited, vibrant company of women, Zephyr offers audiences an eclectic and thought provoking repertoire. Over the years, the company has earned the reputation of being one of Chicago's most innovative contemporary dance institutions.

Both Aerial and Zephyr are award-winning companies known for their imaginative work and commitment to bringing high quality regional dance to the Midwest and beyond through dance exchange engagements.

Tickets will be available at the door, and for the evening concerts will cost $7 for regular adult admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets for the matinee will cost $4 for regular admission, senior citizens and students. Admission is free to all performances for children 12 and under.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St. Additional information about the concerts may be obtained by calling (616) 395-7690.