posted October 10, 2011

dANCEpROjECt to Present Fall Concerts on Oct. 26-29

dANCEpROjECt will present its annual fall season of dance at Hope College on Wednesday-Saturday Oct. 26 - 29, at 8 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. 
 
This year's program consists of six works featuring a full cast of 19 dancers and the inaugural collaborative project "Art and Scholarship." 
 
For "Art and Scholarship," the company and Dr. Barry Bandstra of the religion faculty have developed a combined performance-lecture focused on the biblical battle of Jericho.  Bandstra, who is the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Professor of Religion and director of academic computing at Hope, will open with a series of four brief talks, of eight to 10 minutes each, across each of the four performance nights:  "Jericho in the Old Testament book of Joshua," "Rahab: the woman who lived in the wall," "Jericho: the archaeological record" and "The legacy of Jericho and its wall."  Inspired by the story of the fabled historic city, the company's subsequent performance challenges the dancers with an unusual obstacle as they interact with a massive wall 10 feet in height. 
 
Other works on the program include "Helix," a living landscape of moving forms encased in cocoons of stretch fabric; the premiere of "Hodler Night Life," choreographed by company dancer Sarah Breese with inspiration from the paintings of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler; and "Garden," a new interpretation of the repertory's "Garden of Earthly Delights," which has been re-worked to reflect the influence of the recent events and new energy of the Middle East. 
 
"Garden" was presented as a departmental-sponsored session for the college's recent Critical Issues Symposium, "Exploring Islam." 
 
The concert will also premiere "...Sur La Table...," a dance for six women based on the dynamics that happen around a common universal object: a table. The piece examines the table as architecture, meeting place, geographic locale and sacrificial site mixed with images of community, lineage and nostalgia. "...Sur La Table..." also features the recent work of poet Jacqueline Bartley, who is an adjunct assistant professor of English at Hope. 
 
"Unwritten Letter," one man's journey of regret and missed opportunity set to the sound of a resonant tenor voice, completes the program of six pieces. 
 
Tickets cost $10 for regular admission and $7 for senior citizens and students, and are free for children under 12, and are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  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 sold at the door. 
 
dANCEpROjECt's mission is to entertain, educate and challenge audiences of all ages with a diverse contemporary movement experience. Known for creating visual spectacles and kinetic landscapes as well as works with literal and abstract narratives, the company is dedicated to developing young serious dance/movement artists; providing opportunities for emerging choreographers and guest artists to create and present works; and presenting stimulating repertory for local community artists and touring to other locations for artistic dialogue and feedback with new viewers. 
 
This year's fall season has been funded by the Hope College Patrons for the Arts and is supported by the college's department of dance. 
 
The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Avenue, between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.