Dancers set to take the stage at Lake Erie College for spring concert
(April 20, 2009) – The Dance Department of Lake Erie College is pleased to present the annual Spring Dance Concert April 23 and April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre of the College’s Fine Arts Center.
The concert will feature original works choreographed and performed by senior bachelor of fine arts candidate Karen Tech, dance faculty member Howard Washington II and dance major Lauren Boucher. Additional works created by guest artists Cha-Lee Chan, Lynn Deering and Habib Iddrisu will also be performed while members of the Cleveland State University Dance Company will make guest appearances.
The Dance Department has been active this spring, Tech continuing a year-long preparation for her bachelor of fine arts dance, and with guest artists Cha-Lee Chan, Lynn Deering and Habib Iddrisu teaching master classes and setting work on the Lake Erie College students. The variety and quality of works presented in this year’s Spring Dance Concert are a reflection of the creative activity and energy of this past semester.
Tech created and will perform in “Flowers Come With Gardens,” a multi-media work including dance, original text, projections of “home movies” and photographs, and a recorded interview with her grandfather. Alternately gentle and slapstick, “Flowers Come With Gardens” is Tech’s celebration of where she came from and who she is.
Master drummer/dancer Habib Iddrisu is a perennial favorite with the Lake Erie College community. Artist-in-residence during spring of 2008, this year Iddrisu returned by popular demand to teach a series of “standing room only” master classes and to set “Fume! Fume!,” a celebratory West African drumming/dancing piece, on master class participants. Eighteen dancers, including Lake Erie College students and alumnae and interested community members, took up the challenge to perform this tour-de-force of excitement and energy.
In fall of 2008, guest artist Cha-Lee Chan conducted a week-long residency at Lake Erie College, during which, as part of the 2008 alumni weekend celebration of Chinese art and culture, she performed an exquisite solo. In addition, Chan taught a series of master classes in Chinese traditional dance and set “Children of the Motherless Land,” a contemporary group work that explores the consequences of war on the children left orphaned by such violence. Set to a hauntingly beautiful song by contemporary Chinese composer Da-You Lo, “Children of the Motherless Land” offers a series of powerful and resonant images.
The concert also utilizes the talents of dancer/choreographer Howard Washington II, a 2008 Lake Erie College graduate and current dance faculty member. Washington created and will perform in a high-octane exploration of the latest in Hip Hop stylings created for his New Era Hip Hop class.
In addition, Lake Erie College junior Lauren Boucher offers a tap/body percussion duet, created and performed with banjo artist (and psychology professor) Jim Eisenberg. Rounding out the concert is “CounterPoise,” choreographed by guest artist Lynn Deering, director of the Cleveland State University Dance program. Set to exuberant vocal music from the Baroque era, “CounterPoise” is full of the lyrical movements and strong spatial designs that are the hallmarks of Deering’s work.
Tickets are free for the Lake Erie College Community, $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For additional information, call 440. 375.7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.