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Au Courant leads off CWRU dance performance season with four works

The Department Dance at Case Western Reserve University celebrates movement and innovation by leading off the 2013-14 season with Au Courant, a collection of new and revisited dance works.
Au Courant will be performed Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and Nov.3 at 2:30 p.m. at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Rd., on the university campus.

Mark Morris’ Canonic 3/4 Studies, and the return of Gary Galbraith’s evocative Remote Encounters, headline this fall’s program. Also featured will be two new works: Veiled Tears by department chair Karen Potter, andInundation choreographed by new faculty member and alumna Shannon Sterne.

Case Western Reserve graduate and undergraduate dancers will perform together in Canonic 3/4 Studies by Morris, an internationally acclaimed choreographer and founder of the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has created nearly 150 works for the company. Known for his musicality, Morris has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music,” (The New Yorker). Debuted in Seattle in 1982, Canonic 3/4 Studies began as an exploration in working with three-quarter time, but the resulting work, according to The Boston Globe, “shows how a waltz can smack you in the face, causing you to keel over and how it’s just as useful for staggering as for swooning.”
The dance was first performed at the university during a week-long residency when Sam Black, a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group since 2005, restaged the work. The piece is set to various piano waltzes arranged by Harriet Cavalli, which will be performed live by Karin Tooley.

Galbraith’s evocative Remote Encounters, which premiered in 2012, returns to the stage and performed by Master of Fine Arts candidates Karina Browne and Dani Dowler. The dance is set to remixed original music by Cleveland Institute of Art Associate Professor and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi. Remote Encounters follows the journey of an unsure woman who has stumbled into the territory of an apparition whose mystique and allure intrigues the journeyer to the point of wanting to become more like the mysterious figure.

Dance department chair Karen Potter will premiere a new piece titled Veiled Tears, a dance for seven women accompanied by musicians from the university’s Baroque Chamber Ensemble led by Julie Andrijeski and set to music by composer Henry Purcell. The piece draws inspiration from the libretto of the aria from Purcell’s metaphoric masque of the same name.

Inundation, a new work choreographed and performed by Shannon Sterne, features the 14-member cast with Sterne and guest artists Ryan Andrew Dick and Kristy Clement of the Cleveland Dance Exchange. The work frames a failing relationship within metaphors related to flooding and drowning, capturing the emotional turbulence associated with desire, expectation and loss.

Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for seniors and CWRU personnel, and $10 for general admission. (Student discounts are not available for the Nov. 9 performance). Tickets may be reserved by calling (216) 368-5246. Tickets are also available at Mather Dance Center before each performance.

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