Click photo to enlarge
The Brattleboro School of Dance to present its spring concert Friday through Sunday.

'For You With Love'

BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro School Dance's spring concert set to open this Friday, "For You With Love," is the school's gift to the community in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding and in appreciation of the continued support that has spanned two generations. This year's production is a collection of dance pieces in varying styles inspired in part by the challenges facing the performing arts in an age of hand-held devices providing entertainment in an instant, but instead to communicate with an audience in a way not possible through a computer screen.

Owner and artistic director of BSD, Jennifer Moyse, said that so much of their work is done without an audience in the classroom. Now the dancers will bring it to the audience, communicating through body language, dance and in a few pieces song. Most of the pieces are largely modern, even a point piece is more contemporary than the usual traditional ballet.

Moyse said this is a great year with a production that includes a lot of great faculty participating. It is also a smaller cast than last year since a number of advanced students have moved on. Student participation is not a requirement but for the older advanced students, Moyse creates a dance company atmosphere during production for them so that they get that experience.


Advertisement

Comprised of ten contemporary pieces, "For You With Love" is the creation of choreographers, faculty, alums and students coming together for a performance ripe with professional appeal. The pieces represent the creative interests of choreographers Nan Mann, Holly Johnson, Marion Major, Rachel Hebert, Jamie Gehring Anna Bowler, Calais Mustoe, Erika Klemperer, and Moyse, who also keep in mind the dancers and their strengths to highlight their abilities in each performance.

It is still a work in progress the week before the show as they experiment with multi-media and wall projections. However, Moyse said, "I'm really excited. It's a really beautiful show. I just watched the preview performance in Wilmington and got to see the raw footage. It is really excellent dance work – beautiful choreography beautifully executed."

A special piece, an inter-generational about communication - Phoney Fury, provides a grand finale for the show. Choreographed by Moyse, Jamie Harris Gehring, and new guest choreographer Erika Klemperer, it evolved through a process of concepts and ideas rather than a preconceived idea translated by choreographers. For Moyse – to layer all the technical elements of dance until it becomes a whole three-dimensional world – it's really exciting.

Performance pieces are 1 – Perpetuum Mobile, choreographed by Rachel Heber and danced by Emily Clough, Phoebe Green, Marion Major, Justin Vaselli; 2 – Love Here, choreographed by Jamie Gehring and danced by Ella Bogdonoff, Sophie Jones, Oliva Lafayette, Zoey Spencerman, Emeline Stewart, Ellery Witman; 3 – Tempest, choreographed by Anna Bowler and danced by Jamie Gehring, Phoebe Green, Rachel Hebert and Marion Major; 4 – In The Jungle, choreographed by Nan Mann and Calais Mustoe with dancers Lila Tadlock, Nan Mann, Calais Mustoe, Genevieve Redmond, Luna Cuming-Shaw, Paige McManus, Lily Groves, Emma Lafayette-Havens, Hana Risner, Caleb Grovers, Sophie Jones, Isabella May, Mariam Diallo; 5 – Corrente, choreographed by Rachel Hebert and danced by Emily Clough, Anna Bowler, Jamie Gehring, Phoebe Green, Bronwyn Hodgkinson, Marion Major, Calais Mustoe; 6 – Fierce Solidarity, choreographed by Marion Major and danced by Anna Bowler, Emily Clough, Jamie Gehring, Rachel Hebert; 7 – I'm Yours, choreographed by Holly A. Johnson and danced by Patti Burke, Holly A. Johnson, Olivia Lafayette, Jen Moyse, Aminah Christine Pereira; 8 – Afternoon, choreographed by Jamie Gehring and danced by Phoebe Green and Justin Vaselli; 9 – We Dance, choreographed by Jamie Gehring with dancers Emily Clough, Anna Bowler, Phoebe Green and Marion Major; 10 – Phoney Fury.jpeg choreographed by Jamie Gehring and Erika Klemperer and danced by Anna Bowler, Patti Burke, Emily Clough, Luna Cuming-Shaw, Phoebe Green, Rachel Hebert, Bronwyn Hodgkinson, Marion Major, Calais Mustoe, Susan Marie Strom.

Shows are at the New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. General admission for each show is $18 and $15 for seniors and children under 12 years old. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.ForYouWithLove.brownpapertickets.com or at the Brattleboro School of Dance studios on 22 High St., Brattleboro on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a brief window to purchase tickets at the NEYT box office from 6 to 6:30 tonight. It is advised that opening night may sell out so get your tickets early!

Proceeds go to support the Company of Muses scholarship fund.

Company of Muses is a non-profit organization made up of faculty, family, and friends of the Brattleboro School of Dance whose purpose is to raise funds for dance scholarships for BSD students, faculty, and alumni. Its mission is to provide for the education in the performing arts of youths and adults in the New England area, primarily but not exclusively through the Brattleboro School of Dance. For more information, visit www.companyofmuses.org.

Brattleboro School of Dance was founded in 1976 with the mission to provide high-quality training to dancers of any age or ability level, whether they seek training for a career in dance or as a means of personal fulfillment. Students develop at their own pace in a family-friendly atmosphere that is supportive of their growth and personal goals. For more information, visit www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 ext. 261.