Aerial Dance Theater Presents
Annual Dance Concert Oct. 27-28

Posted October 17, 2000

HOLLAND -- Aerial Dance Theater, an affiliate of Hope College, will present its Annual Fall Dance Concert on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28, at 8 p.m. with guest company Eisenhower Dance Ensemble at the Knickerbocker Theater. Each company will present multiple works.

Aerial Dance Theater, under the direction of Steven Iannacone and Linda Graham, will be premiering Iannacone's work titled "Bolero," set to music of the same name by Ravel. Just as Ravel felt that his composition was his strongest piece of non-music, Iannacone made his work a sort of "non-dance dance."

"Bolero," subtitled "in the grip of an obsession," explores the progression of a gentle fascination to an unrelenting fixation that crushes the senses. Dancing in the piece is Iannacone with company members Brianne Fry, Jodi Kurtze, Christine Lutz, Dan Patterson, Emily Poel and Amy Vertalka.

Aerial will be performing "Just Dust (When Hell Doesn't Want You and Heaven is Full)," choreographed by Graham. The three-part work, set to music by Tom Waits, incorporates a bare theater, a broken down Harley, and theatrical technology to take the audience on a gritty, raw journey to a dark destination.

"Beyond Existence," a solo choreographed by company member Jodi Kurtze, will also performed by Vertalka. Danced to the music of Andrea Boccelli, "Beyond Existence" captures the human struggle to break free from a monotonous, predictable existence and reach a level of passionate, spontaneous living. The piece physicalizes the dynamic, textural and emotional qualities of Boccelli's voice.

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, a professional repertory company based in metropolitan Detroit, will be performing as a guest in the fall concert.

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble will be performing excerpts from an audience favorite, "Sweet Ella Suite," which is choreographed by assistant director Gregory Patterson, and set to a collection of classic tunes by the great Ella Fitzgerald.

The company will present two works by artistic director Laurie Eisenhower: "Catharsis" and "Mosaics." Both works display the company's two particular strengths: innate musicality and ensemble clarity.

In addition to the evening performances, Aerial will be presenting a "Family Affair" matinee on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. Dancers will showcase "Red Wolf," recent winner of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award. Set to rhythmic Algerian music, the work captures the spirit of tribal ritual as the women dancers explore their aggressiveness. Also during the matinee there will be a short commentary including excerpts from "Just Dust" and a time for children's involvement, questions and answers.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Saturday matinee are $3. Children 12 years and under attend free at all performances. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St., and tickets will be available at the door.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (616) 395-4950.


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