Festival of Dance, 2013

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Produced by Julie Adams Strandberg
Stuart Theatre
May 2-5
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm 
Sunday @ 2pm

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Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin proudly present the 2013 FESTIVAL OF DANCE. This year's festival features performances by resident TAPS dance companies: Dance Extension, and New Works/World Traditions, as well as the choreography of several visiting scholars from the US and South Korea.

Performances by Dance Extension, created by founding director of dance Julie Adams Strandberg on the premise that the training of dancers must include the opportunity to perform, teach, and revisit masterworks, include reprisals of “Ice Images” and “Limon Etude”, as well as the premiere of “Jehovah’s Watch” by Brown alumna Laura Bennett. These works highlight the mission of Dance Extension, such that while the dancers in the company are encouraged and supported to create their own work, they also have the rare opportunity to work with revered choreographers and exciting contemporary innovators. 

“Night Run,” choreographed and performed by members of New Works/World Traditions, an international dance troupe created by Professor Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, addresses the most human of compulsions toward both love and violence. It is said to be an “allegory for war and our addiction to it.” Through research and cross-cultural exchange, New Works develops provocative theatrical experiences that address important political, public health and social landscapes

Also on stage in this year's show are the works of visiting choreographer Gwiyoung Bae from South Korea. In her piece "+=-" Bae aims to "shed new light on oppressed women who still think the house and grave are the only living foundation, even though it is the 21st century." The piece conveys the message that there is hope for women across the world to be liberated from inequality. 

Additionally, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Brandon Shaw presents his piece, "The best advice my grandma ever gave me..,” which he describes as "an exploration of cutting loose, shaking off, raging, raving, and riding out or creating momentum." Shaw, whose movement training draws equally from the martial arts, tango and contemporary technique is the director of Cleave/Brandon Shaw, a group exploring social themes through dynamic partnering and raw physicality.

Choreographer Emily Beattie rounds out the lineup with her piece “Shadowline,” a performance based on the life and death of Beattie's uncle and his ham radio. The piece explores the isolation and creativity of an individual who exists on the fringes, using interactive technology, an original score, and physical action to illuminate the "risks, freedoms, and costs of breaking signal." Be sure to join us for this year's Festival of Dance to see for yourselves all of the original and exciting work of our faculty, students and visiting scholars from around the world. 

May 2-5, 2013. Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm. Sunday at 2pm. Stuart Theatre, 77 Waterman St., Providence, RI. Tickets:  $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students. Group rates are available. Contact us at (401) 863-2838 or at boxoffice@brown.edu. Visit us in person at the Leeds Box Office in Lyman Hall, 77 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.  brown.edu/go/tickets