posted February 22, 2011

Dance 37 Runs March 4-5, 10-12

Hope College's annual major dance concert, Dance 37, will open on Friday, March 4, followed by performances on Saturday, March 5, and Thursday through Saturday, March 10-12.  All performances start at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The concert includes a diverse group of works choreographed by HopeCollege's dance faculty, including Amanda Smith-Heynen, Angie Yetzke, Matthew Thornton and Steven Iannacone.  The performance will also feature additional pieces created by guest artists including Eddie Stockton, Anne Rene´ Petrarca, and Dolores Sanchez.

° "Inspirit," choreographed by Amanda Smith Heynen, is a ballet on pointe. It was inspired by the acoustic guitar of Ewan Dobson and the intense dedication of the dancers who she notes continue to nourish her soul and the souls of every artist.

° "And he fell among us...Parable of the innocent bystander," choreographed by Angie Yetzke, explores the mind and struggles of those who do nothing.  The piece turns the story of the Good Samaritan on its head, showing the Priest and Levite within oneself. Yetzke, in collaboration with her dancers, has created the piece reflecting on the recent suicides in the media and the hate crimes committed toward homosexuals on college campuses everywhere.

° "Sur la Table," choreographed by Steven Iannacone, explores the dynamics of what happens on and around the table whether it be the kitchen table, operating table or any other table.

° "Pieces of a Dream," choreographed by Eddie Stockton, was inspired by daydream and incorporates the three stages of sleep, including Counting Sheep, Bump in the Night/Sandman, and Daymare.  The accompanying music includes work by Orbital, DJ Dancer and Incognito.  This piece was first choreographed on Creative Outlet in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2002.

° A piece choreographed by Anne-Rene´ Petrarca, explores the physical, emotional and energetic connections humans experience in touching, feeling and moving alongside one another.    The dynamic qualities, the rhythms of interactions, and the curves of the body are all displayed in the communication of relationships.

° A piece choreographed by Dolores Sanchez is a collaborative experience in which street jazz meets hoofing.

Guest choreographer Eddie Stockton received his formal training at studios such as the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the AlvinAileySchool. He has danced professionally for companies such as Nai-ni Chen Dance Company. For the past 10 years, Stockton has taught jazz at the AileySchool and in the public schools throughout New York City. This past fall, as guest artist in the department of dance at Hope, Stockton also served as choreographer for the theater and music departments' production of Hope's first opera, "Street Scene."

Guest choreographer Anne-René Petrarca is a modern dancer, choreographer and certified Alexander Technique teacher. In New York City she was on the faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and the assistant faculty at The Juilliard School. Recently, Petrarca was a visiting artist at SarahLawrenceCollege and Long Island University-Brooklyn. In San Francisco, she is on the faculty at Alonzo KingLinesDanceCenter, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program and Shawl-AndersonDanceCenter. She maintains a private Alexander Technique practice that caters to performing artists.

Guest choreographer Dolores Sanchez is a 2005 graduate of the HopeCollege dance program, she made her way after graduation to New York City to train as a professional tap dancer under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant (Creator of Imagine Tap/Noise Funk), Michelle Dorrance (Stomp/Imagine Tap) and Ayodele Casel (NYOTs/Savion Glover), among others. She has performed as a member of TAHDAH, under the direction of Jared Grimes, and Sub/hitters, an artists' movement of street performance. Sanchez has performed in venues such as New York's prestigious CityCenter, The Public, The Duke, Lambs Theater, Symphony Space and Thalia Theater.

Costumes are designed by Darlene K. Christopher and Susan Eyler.  The lighting and set designs are by Erik Alberg.

Tickets for Dance 37 are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Tickets will also be available at the Knickerbocker Theatre on performance nights directly preceding the performance time.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth Street.