Five Under 40
Students join international choreographers on the Mathers Theatre stage
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
November 16, 2012
Constance Harris '13 was barely a year old when the 1991 beating of Rodney King exploded on international news outlets. So when she decided to choreograph a dance based on artist Danny Tinsdale's 1992 series on that subject, she wasn't sure, at first, how best to approach it. "I wanted to explore the themes, but I felt removed from the material," she says.
Five Under Forty:
Dance Works by Emerging Female Choreographers
Mathers Theatre (HUB)
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- Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 8 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.
Then she started to move. The resulting piece delves deep into that moment in American history, and it attracted some notice at last spring's American College Dance Festival. It is one of six provocative works highlighted in the Dance Theatre Group (DTG) 2012 fall concert, Five Under 40, an event that places dances by two student choreographers side-by-side with those of three young international luminaries at the top of their game.
According to Dawn Springer, postgraduate fellow in dance, Harris and fellow choreographer and Weiss Prize-winner Emie Hughes '13 work directly with Helen Simoneau, Jen McGinn and Gesel Mason to spotlight the diversity and vitality in the contemporary international-dance scene.
"It's an incredible experience for our student dancers and choreographers to work with these guest artists, because all three are in a hot moment in their careers," Springer says, noting that Simoneau interrupts a three-city, two-continent tour to come to Dickinson, and that McGinn comes to Carlisle via France. "Their work expands our notions of what is happening now, and what dance can be." [Story continues below.]