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 Post subject: Pattern: Smith College Seniors Dance Concert
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:43 pm 

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Pattern: Smith College Seniors Dance Concert

For immediate release: March, 2009
Publicity Manager: Joan P. Maxson, Tel. 413.585.3222,
Ticket Information: Tel. 413.585.ARTS (2787) or visit

Northampton: Come experience This spring’s concert features
choreographic collages, double dance fusion, and ephemeral tumbling. In
a program of original choreography in genres of modern dance, tribal
fusion, and physical theater, Smith College senior dance majors and
minors Meleta Buckstaff, Lila Dodge, Cyndal Ellis, Katie Green, Mayra
Hernandez, Leia Mae Hickman, Elana Silverman and Christa Whitney premier
that mark the culmination of their studies in the field of dance.

In Like a Cloud to Carry You Through the World, Meleta Buckstaff
captures the feel of the onward rushing of our surroundings. Seven
dancers swirl and crash around each other relentlessly, evoking
windswept leaves and tumbling boulders. Cyndal Ellis unites modern dance
and tribal fusion in a piece that confronts the male gaze on the female
body, while Natanya Apfelbaum’s clowning duet challenges audiences to
discover what demons may lurk in the subconscious. Elana Silverman
presents a collage of contrasting movement and music styles, and Christa
Whitney’s simple, subtle phrases eternally approach (but never reach!)
the elusive space in the center of the stage.

The program also includes three works that explore personal growth
through struggle and overcoming. Leia Mae Hickman’s Re-discovery
examines what it means to be a part of a community. Hiding behind masks
but revealing themselves through mirrors, the performers show how we see
ourselves in one another. This Time, Hold the Milk!, by Mayra Hernandez,
connects audience to artist in a piece reflecting on the daily struggles
we all face and the joy we find in overcoming them. Katie Green’s
Chiaroscuro illustrates the light and the darkness of each person,
exploring from an inside and outside perspective what it sometimes takes
to get by. The piece investigates the dynamic between individual and
group through chaos and slow motion.

Reservations are recommended.

Joan P. Maxson
Publicity Manager/Performing Arts
Smith College
(413) 585-3222

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