Dance students will be ‘Telling,’ President Bergeron will be singing

Ashley Barattini ’17, Mauri Connors ’15, Emilie Stoll ’17 and Lisa Race rehearse Race's
Ashley Barattini ’17, Mauri Connors ’15, Emilie Stoll ’17 and Lisa Race rehearse Race's "Titled." Photo by Libby Carberry ’16.

The Connecticut College Department of Dance presents “Telling,” an evening of student performances, Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium.

The students will perform works choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Shani Collins-Achille, Professor of Dance David Dorfman, Assistant Professor of Dance Shawn Hove and Assistant Professor of Dance Lisa Race, as well as guest artist Ori Flomin and selected students.

“Our emphasis in the department is on honing one's own voice as a movement artist,” said Dorfman. “Both faculty and students have worked feverishly to create and present seven short, complete thoughts with dance as the main vocabulary.”

While music often plays an important role in any dance performance, that role is elevated in “Telling.” Dorfman’s work, a ritualistic dance to ward off fear, will incorporate music by David Byrne and Brian Eno; Collins-Achille's feisty, riveting new dance features music by Maxwell; seniors Miles Keeney and Christophe Desorbay perform a wild romp to the music of Nicky Minaj; and senior Emily LaRochelle’s powerful solo is set to gorgeous, Latin-inflected songs.

In addition, Flomin commissioned Kyle Olson ’07 — currently opening shows on Billy Idol’s European tour with his band, The Dough Rollers — to create a musical score for his work. The College’s composer-in-residence Richard Schenk created an original score for Hove's wonderfully theatrical dance, which also includes a video component. And as Race’s cast gives a stunningly heartfelt performance, Schenk will perform “My Funny Valentine.” He won’t be alone: Leila Teitelman ’15 will accompany him during the Friday performance and President Katherine Bergeron will accompany him on Saturday.

“Bergeron rocks again,” enthused Dorfman, “this time with dance!” (Bergeron, a musician and music historian, has performed with several groups during her first year in office.)

Tickets are $12, $6 for students and seniors. Reserve tickets through the Box Office at 860-439-ARTS or purchase them at the door.

November 20, 2014