‘An Evening of Dance’ at Redfern

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Aspecially commissioned dance by Doppelganger Dance Collective, the Redfern Arts Center’s Choreographer-in-Residence, will premiere with a new dance by Marcia Murdock, Keene State College’s retiring Dance Program director, along with two new pieces by dance faculty during “An Evening of Dance.” This annual modern dance concert of original works will be performed by the talented Keene State dancers on Wednesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and children, and $6 for KSC students. For tickets, contact the Redfern Box Office, open Monday to Friday noon to 6 p.m., call 603-358- 2168, or order online at keene.edu/arts/redfern.

“An Evening of Dance” began 42 years ago and consistently communicates and inspires through a breadth of styles in contemporary modern dance. This is Murdock’s final “An Evening of Dance,” the 32nd year that she has been a part of this special Spring celebration and with that in mind, her new piece “Because You Get There” addresses the allure of beginnings.

Movement is also inspired by Rauschenberg’s Chairs, and the possible meetings of those who might take the risk and sit in these precariously balanced chairs. The dancers (first year through senior students) continually attempt to achieve cantilevered still moments while racing to finish in order to begin anew. Where are they going, who are they meeting, and what is the hurry? Is this reflection, memory, or a personal promise? For this last dance, Murdock has chosen to work with the music of two of her favorite composers William Ackerman and Yann Tiersen.

Redfern’s 2016-17 Choreographer–in-Residence Doppelgänger Dance Collective will present “The Head or the Hair,” choreographed by Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson, artistic co-directors of DDC founded as a duet project in 2015.

This choreographic whirlwind is danced to the original sound score “Drought” by Nate Tucker, who will perform live with DDC at the Redfern Arts Center on March 30 when the troupe will present five original contemporary dances.

KSC faculty member Cynthia McLaughlin will premiere a new dance by a quartet of women which investigates the shadowed corridors of the human condition. Music is by Parallel 41, Anna and Elizabeth, Evelyn Glennie and Michael Brauer.

KSC dance faculty Shaina Cantino, choreographed in collaboration with the dancers a new work called It’s a question. This quirky group piece asks viewers to let go of trying to understand in its weaving of text, light-hearted dance and earnestness.

There are six other dances choreographed by Keene State students: Makayla Ferrick, Bethany Peterson, Brittany Powers, Amanda Untrach, Jennifer Riley and Emily Posner.