Monthly Archives: February 2010

Trisha Brown Dance Company at Swarthmore this Thur-Fri!

Please join us as the William J. Cooper Foundation and the Department of Music and Dance present:
The Trisha Brown Dance Company
Friday, February 26, 8 pm
Pearson Hall Theatre
Lang Performing Arts Center

Master Class with Company Member Tamara Riewe
Thursday, February 25, 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Troy Dance Lab
Lang Performing Arts Center
The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for more than 37 years. Founded in 1970, when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, the company offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s Soho. Today, it is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Brown and renowned visual artists. The program presented at Swarthmore will include “You can see us” (’95), “Foray Foret” (’90) and the classic “Set and Reset” (’83). These dances showcase Brown’s frequent collaboration with artist Robert Rauschenberg.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cooper Series events are free and open to the public; there is no reserved seating. Event details may be subject to change without notice.

Join us for the Faculty and Friends Dance Concert this Sat, Feb 6!

The Swarthmore College Department of Music and Dance invites you to join us for:

The Faculty and Friends Dance Concert
Saturday, February 6, 2010
8 pm
Pearson-Hall Theatre
Lang Performing Arts Center

The concert is in honor of the people of Haiti. Donations will be collected for earthquake relief efforts before and after the concert. The performance will feature an exciting variety of works by faculty and alumni.

Group work includes a female quartet choreographed by Sharon Friedler, inspired by the sculpture of Phillip Stern ’84, with live harp music played by Johanna Bond ’10. C. Kemal Nance ’92 will surprise us with a new duet based in the Umfundalai African dance tradition, while Jumatatu Poe ’04 and Joe Small ’05 have crafted a duet melding post-modern dance techniques and Taiko rhythms. The Lenny Seidman Tabla Choir offers a new composition based on a nearly extinct North Indian drumming tradition. Dancer Liza Henty-Clark ’03 will join pianist Christopher Henty-Clark in a dance homage to pregnancy and birth.

Solos include a work depicting the aesthetic and political dimensions of Kathak dance and Ghazal poetry, choreographed and danced by Pallabi Chakravorty. Sally Hess will treat us to a solo inspired by the ceremonial actions of a Japanese tea ceremony. And Jeannine Osayande offers an excerpt from a dance-theater work that uses the communicative power of dance to share her experiences as a fourth generation African-American raised in Swarthmore. Finally, Kim Arrow will share a dance film created during his residency in Australia.

The performance is free and open to the public without advance reservations. For more information contact Liza Clark at (610)328-8260 or