Department of Dance Presents Momentum

momentumwebfeatureThe Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will continue its 2016 season with Momentum, a thesis concert featuring Master of Fine Arts candidates Andrea Alvarez, Jared Bendis and Richard Oaxaca. Performances are March 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and March 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Mather Dance Center.

Luminous, a group work by Alvarez, is a play on light driven by the contrast between darkness and light and the relationship of these elements with the dancers. Alvarez also choreographed and will perform a new solo, You are where you are meant to be, that explores spatial awareness and creates a relationship between the performer and space.

Bendis will re-stage his work Chroma, an exploration of the kinetic relationship between dancers and their environment of light and color. The trio of dancers don hidden technologies that aid in the creation and manipulation of the visual projections revealing an augmented visualization of this relationship. Bendis will also premiere a solo to be performed by Yidi Lin. Château de Rêves is inspired by the natural and medieval world and combines choreography, cinematography, and music to transport both dancer and audience into another place, space and time.

Working in collaboration with department Artistic Director Gary Galbraith, Oaxaca created Dark Covenant, a duet for two men loosely based on the story of Faust depicting his dissatisfaction with life leading him to make a pact with the devil. Set to music by Jeffrey Ryan, this dance is a journey of one man’s last efforts to be successful and live a full life at any cost.

Expanding on a choreography project from the spring of 2015, Oaxaca will perform, along with Lin, Until Death Do Us Part. This duet uses a flashback to show how one couple was lost then found each other. It’s the story of the lovers’ journey in life together, from when they met, to when death separates them. Music composed for viola and piano by Theodore Holland sets the tone for the dance and helps bring the characters to life. Love is a journey and this dance embodies the vow that this couple will love each other until the end of their days.

Department chair Karen Potter premiered In Ancient Waters last fall as a three-section octet inspired by images of prows of ancient ships. Set to music by Elena Kats-Chernin, the new duet version will again feature Alvarez and Oaxaca in intricate adagio and partnering sequences.

All performances take place at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Tickets are $7 for students with ID, $10 for adults 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246, or online at