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Dance: Shaping Space, UK Guignol Theatre
January 29, 2016 - January 31, 2016
"SHAPING SPACE includes performances by UK dance minors performing works by guest choreographers Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard Artistic Directors of Exhale Dance Tribe, Stephanie Harris, Laurie Fields as well as by Susie Thiel, the Director of the UK Dance Program. Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard conceptualized and choreographed Wohali, a contemporary dance piece. Wohali is the Cherokee Native American Indian word for ‘eagle’ and really the brain-child and inspiration of a future collaboration between Exhale Dance Tribe andOkareka Dance Company of New Zealand. Wohali is a meditation on sacred messenger connecting the two continents by this majestic and elusive bird. Zimmer and Hubbard were artists in residence in November setting the dance, teaching master classes and giving lectures. Both Zimmer and Hubbard danced on Broadway and in the commercial world. What do we tell ourselves? What do we share with others? What is the crowd saying? Will our stories be the same tomorrow? Conversations Change, choreographed by Lexington artists Laurie Fields, explores the many conversations in which we participate, both purposefully and subconsciously. The language of the body and the stories of the dancers enrich the movement. Set to music by the NOW Ensemble, this dance allows the audience member to eavesdrop, perhaps inspiring a personal reflective dialogue, or a friendly conversation of shared experiences with a stranger in the seat nearby. Lexington artist Stephanie Harris creates a work based upon the reflection of two distantly traumatic experiences that her family endured over the summer. Drawing upon thoughts from one of those experiences, riding out a terrible storm in the middle of a bay while boating in Florida, Harris and her family shared a common and horrifying experience of knowing that if the boat capsized there was a chance that they would not survive. Harris’ recollection of seeing terror in the eyes of her family is represented throughout the work. The chill of that memory seeped into her families’ bones and became part of all of them. The other traumatic experience was a death in the family and a loss of extreme magnitude that changed her family forever. In some ways, although they managed not to get lost in the depths of the water, they are drowning from within, seeking solace from the emptiness that loss has created in their world. Susie Thiel presents two dances in the concert. Behind the Hair created in collaboration with five dance minors, is an examination of the stages of gossip. The choreography acts as a catalyst for dialogues concerning why we gossip, how information gets disseminated and the harmful effects. The work, set in three sections, premiered at the Inner Mongolia University Arts College, China this past October 2015 and will represent the Department of Theatre and Dance this March at the American College Dance Association Conference in Mississippi. The second dance is loosely based on what we conceal and reveal, share and hide and what is seen and unseen. Six hanging Panels on the stage help create an environment and acts as a metaphor of this human experience."