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Juilliard Dances Repertory
By Elizabeth McPherson - March 27, 2009, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Sitting in the theater prior to the performance, I sensed strong currents of history and continuity. The voices and faces of former Juilliard teachers and choreographers such as Martha Hill, José Limón and Antony Tudor have a lingering presence alongside the present faculty, in part because many present faculty are artistic descendants. The upcoming program itself paid tribute to the tight family tree of dance as the choreographers presented have numerous connections to each other and back through the dance lineage.

University of Maryland Dance Ensemble - 'Spectator Sport,' 'You Go When You Can No Longer Stay,' 'New Girl' and 'How Long Brethren'
By Carmel Morgan - December 3, 2007, Millennium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
The Maryland Dance Ensemble, resident company of the University of Maryland’s dance department, presented a mixed program on December 3, 2007, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The works were as diverse as the composition of the company itself. The talent of the dancers and the strength of the pieces presented varied greatly.

'Place(d)' - Choreography, costumes, and artistic direction by Ryan Nicole Chrisman, MFA candidate, University of Maryland
By Carmel Morgan - March 6, 2008, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
On March 6, 2008, Ryan Nicole Chrisman, an MFA candidate in Dance at the University of Maryland, gave her audience multiple views of the Dance Department's outdoor courtyard in her site-specific work, "Place(d)."

University of Washington Chamber Dance Company - Classics for Now of Modern Dance
By Dean Speer - February 2, 2006, Meany Hall Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Every once in awhile, you come across a showing of work that impels one to shout out, “Go see it! Now!!” The University of Washington’s Chamber Dance Company has ginned up such a concoction for their 2006 round of historic or significant modern dance reconstructions. These have ranged from as early as Loïe Fuller (1895) to Mark Dendy (1996) and includes “greats” such as Martha Graham and lesser-knowns like Dore Hoyer (1962).

University of Washington Chamber Dance Group - 'Primitive Mysteries,' 'Beat,' 'Ring,' 'Pigs and Fishes'
By Dean Speer - February 3, 2005, Meany Hall Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle
It was great seeing Martha Graham’s early work "Primitive Mysteries" (1931) after a nearly 30 year hiatus off of my radar screen. I last saw it at the Lunt-Fontanne on 46th Street in New York during one of Martha’s seasons. For that revival, Graham added pleated ruffles to the skirts, and I remember this as being a big-deal brouhaha.

University of Massachussetts Percussion Ensemble & Five College Dancers - 'Pleiades'
By Stephen E. Arnold - May 11, 2001, Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts
Imagination and collaborative effort mixed anew in the Pleiades concert given by Five College Dancers and the UMASS Percussion Ensemble at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on May 11.



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