Bell and Xu present Slopescapes

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Master of Fine Arts candidates, Christopher Bell and Ying Xu, will present a joint concert, Slopescapes, at Mather Dance Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  The concert features solo, duet and group works by Bell and Xu as well as chroreography from Sasha Spielvogel.  Slopescapes runs Thursday, March 29, through Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on April 1.

And the home of the, a sextet choreographed by Bell to music by Charles Ives played by the United States Marine Corps Band, explores the American political/social/economic landscape in a post 9-11 world and the connection to the idea of the hope for something better.

Bell will perform, along with Carissa Bellando, in Les Espaces du Sommeilchoreographed by New York based choreographer and Artistic Director of Labyrinth Dance Theater Sasha Spielvogel.  Set to Witold Lutoslawski’s score written to a Robert Desnos poem that is sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the dance follows the story of a woman who enters a man’s imagination as both his nemesis and savior as she leads him off to sleep.

Untitled Chopin Solo, is choreographed and danced by Bell and set to a Chopin piano score.

Drifting Snowflakes is a solo choreographed and performed by Xu set to music by Arvo Pärt.  It portrays a woman whose memories of her loved one are stirred by falling snow in winter.

Ms. Xu’s other solo, Entangled, set to music by Krzysztof Penderecki, will be danced by Chun-Jou Tsai.  With a cage-like environment represented by a suspended tire, it explores emotional states related to being bound and the desire for freedom, both physical and emotional.

Every living thing in the forest has a rhythm of life and in Enchanted Roots,Xu’s group piece, dancers become roots, rivers and birds in the forest. The piece is a portrayal of a primitive time, when man and nature were one, living in the mysterious land of Yun Nan.

Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 216-368-5246.  Tickets are $10 for General, $7 for Seniors and CWRU Faculty and Staff and $5 for students with a current student ID card.

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