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Department of Dance presents Horizons


The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University kicks off the 2014-15 season with Horizons, a collection of new and revisited dance works opening Oct. 31, 2014. Performance dates include Oct. 31, Nov 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Mather Dance Center located at 11201 Bellflower Rd., on the on the Case Western Reserve campus.

The Horizons  program includes Mark Morris’s Canonic 3/4 Studies, and Pascal Rioult’s Black Diamond – two works featured during the 2013-14 season as well as three world premiere dances choreographed by dance faculty Karen Potter, Gary Galbraith and Shannon Sterne.

University graduate and undergraduate dancers will perform together in Canonic 3/4 Studies by Mark Morris, an internationally-acclaimed choreographer and the founder of the Mark Morris Dance Group. A prolific choreographer known for his legendary musicality, Morris has been described as being “undeviating in his devotion to music” – The New Yorker. Set to various piano waltzes arranged by Harriet Cavalli and performed by pianist Karin Tooley, Canonic 3/4 Studies began as an exploration in working with three-quarter time. According to Christine Temin with The Boston Globe, the work “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.” Canonic 3/4 Studies premiered at Case Western Reserve in 2013, following a week-long residency with Sam Black, a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group since 2005. Black returns this fall to coach the dancers as they prepare to perform the work again.

Rioult’s Black Diamond also returns to the Mather Dance Center stage with a new cast. The work is an abstract duet for two female dancers set to Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant, and will be performed by third-year graduate student, Hannah Barna, and undergraduate dance major Karlie Budge. Barna and Budge were personally coached to perform Black Diamond by Rioult while also training with his company RIOULT Dance NY this past summer. In reviewing Black Diamond, Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times wrote, “…he has met the challenge of comparison with George Balanchine.”

The phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is at the core of Islands of Desire, a duet choreographed by Galbraith with music by Telefon Tel Aviv that explores the travails of a couple who long to reconnect but are hampered by the ever present multimedia that infuses the lovers personal space.

Ecesis is a 17-minute work choreographed by Sterne and set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor. The third movement was created as a quintet that premiered at the San Diego International Fringe Festival this past July, and Sterne has expanded the choreography to include all three movements of the concerto for a cast of 15 undergraduate students.

Tickets may be purchased (cash or check only) at the door prior to each performance: $7 for students, $10 for seniors and university personnel, and $15 for general admission. Student discounts are not available for the Nov. 8 performance. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246. Reservations may also be made online at

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