Catching Light – Premiers Spring 2018

Catching Light is inspired by the long history of glassmaking in Appalachia and the colorful work of well-known glass artist Ron Hinkle. Elements of energy, rhythm, color and shape will be explored including the physical, sometimes improvisational movements of the makers during the glassmaking process.

Choreography: Toneta Akers-Toler
Story/Vocals: Adam Booth
Dancers: 6

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Evanescent

A contemplative new work that raises awareness of the interconnectedness of humanity and the challenges we face as our needs and causes intersect. Through connective phrase work, solos and contact, the work conveys how small individual actions impact the actions of others and cumulatively, the direction our world takes. The message is ultimately one of peaceful co-existence and co-creation of our lived reality and environment raising the question of whether individual striving is always to the benefit of the greater good of humanity.

Choreography: Donald Laney
Dancers: 6

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Sarpashana 

This intense, highly physical new work explores the destructive force of addiction in our lives and the role of fear in driving those addictions. References will be made to the Sarpashana Sourcebook, a diverse collection of essays about addiction from a number of vantage points, including the Buddhist, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al Anon, scientific, and the psychoanalytic. The name Sarpashana, meaning “poison eater,” refers to the power of the recovery process to defeat addiction, or the “poison.”

Choreography: Heather Taylor-Martin, Donald Laney, Toneta Akers-Toler
Dancers: 6

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2wvSchubert Variations

Choreographed to the second movement of Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, this American Masterpiece explores the use of theme and variation through the microcosm of young people and their relationships.

Choreography: Gerri Houlihan
Music: Franz Schubert
Dancers: 6

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4wvFrom the Depths

From the Depths, by Artistic Director, Toneta Akers-Toler, offers a personal reflection on the universe within each of us and the infinite possibilities for harmony (or discord) between humans as our energies intersect. Latin jazz was chosen for this piece, as a parallel to the improvisational nature of our lives.

Choreography: Toneta Akers-Toler
Dancers: 6

Ahava and the Residual Holocausts

In 2006, the United Nations instituted an International Day of Commemoration, declaring that, “the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.”

A solo that contemplates the darkest time of the 20th century and the question:

“Do any of us really have freedom, if one of us does not?”

Choreography: Toneta Akers-Toler
Dancers: 1

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1 DSC_0074Sketches of Fall

Sketches of Fall is a reflection on the writing of Pearl S. Buck about the first time she experienced fall in WV. Rich colors and high-energy movement attract the eye, immersing the observer in the vibrant and ever-changing patterns and rhythms of the season.

Choreography: Toneta Akers-Toler
Dancers: 6

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1 - DSC_0004Spirit Chaser

Spirit Chaser is an artistic interpretation of a traditional African folktale about the relationship between predator and prey. Brought to life by the use of a dynamic mask and set against a background of original music, this collaboration parallels the cross-pollination of artistic ideas shared between the countries of Africa. Audiences will appreciate the influence of African art on our own cultural traditions.

Choreography: Carli Mareneck
Music: Mark Davis
Mask Design: Ricki Peters
Dancers: 1

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The Mountains Speak

With exciting, athletic movement and haunting vocals, The Mountains Speak shares a fiery story of injustice and perseverance drawn from WV’s labor history.

Choreography: Toneta Akers-Toler, Donald Laney
Music: Jake Krack, Bare Bones
Text/Story: Adam Booth
Dancers: 6

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1 - DSC_4397Dynamic Equilibrium

A rhythmic, physical expression of images from Chinese culture.

Choreography: Heather Taylor-Martin

Dancers: 6

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Paraguas

A humorous and playful duet inspired by a chance encounter.

Choreography: Carli Mareneck

Dancers: 2

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wvdcFive Chapters from a Broken Novel

Drawn from a collection of quotes from books, films and overheard conversations, Five Chapters from a Broken Novel is a collection of 20 short dances: some humorous, some dramatic, some purely physical. Together, they form a continuously unfolding sequence of intimate portraits, in which human nature is revealed in all its beauty and rawness.

Choreography: Doug Varone
Original Costume Design: Liz Prince
Dancers: 6
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Sunflares

An abstract interpretation of the scientific, astronomical happening known as “sun flares.” Lifts and movement show the flares themselves in the circle of space.

Choreography: Donald Laney
Music: Corelli, Concerto Grosso in D
Dancers: 6