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Department of Dance presents Permanent Moments

The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will open the 2015-2016 performance season with Permanent Moments, Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 8 PM. and Nov. 1 at 2:30 PMpmwebfeature. at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Rd. on the university campus. The concert will feature Triptych by guest artist Larry Keigwin in addition to new and revisited works by department faculty.

Case Western Reserve graduate and undergraduate dancers will perform together in Triptych. Created by Keigwin in 2009, the work has never before been performed by dancers outside of Keigwin’s New York based company KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C). Keigwin said in a Ringling International Arts Festival review that Triptych “was inspired by the design of modern skyscrapers in New York,” and dance critic and scholar Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice described the work as “a very fierce dance—fierce and precise, like a martial arts display.” To bring this dynamic work to the stage, Guest Artist-in-Residence Jaclyn Walsh, a dancer with K+C since 2011, worked with the cast during a week of intense classes and rehearsals in September.

Department of Dance Professor and Artistic Director Gary Galbraith will restage his work Islands of Desire, which explores the travails of a couple who long to reconnect but are hampered by the ever present multimedia that infuses the lovers’ personal space. In a review of the 2014 premiere, states Islands of Desire “…charts a course into vivid, sexy, and potentially commercial waters … an unusually successful marriage of technology with dance.”

Set to music by Elena Kats-Chernin, Department Chair and Professor Karen Potter’s new work In Ancient Waters is loosely inspired by ideas of the prows of ships charting through ancient waters. In three sections, Potter’s return work Back to Beyond yields an enduring presence of time and place in the ‘picture plane’ of the horizon.

Babylonian and Sumerian hymns dating back to 3000 BCE were the inspiration for Turned to Clay, a new work by Assistant Professor Shannon Sterne. Set to music composed by Stef Conner and Andy Lowings for voice and Lyre of Ur, the work is a modern rendering of a world forsaken by the wrath and whim of ancient gods.

Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for seniors age 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Student discounts are not available for the Nov. 7 performance. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246 or online at are also available at Mather Dance Center before each performance.

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