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13 August 2014 10:20AM
Suzanne Trevellyan

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Dance Omi Alumni Works in Progress

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century and Dance OMI present an exciting afternoon of modern dance Sunday, August 17 at 2:00 pm. “So You Think You Don’t Understand (Modern) Dance? Dance Omi Alumni Works in Progress” is part of the Chatham Dance Festival and will be held free of charge and will take place under The Tent at PS21 at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.

“PS21 is delighted to be collaborating on this program with our Columbia County neighbor and fellow arts organization,” said PS21 Administrative Director Susan Davies. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our audiences, our talents and experiences with each other.”

Since 2005, the Dance Omi International Dance Collective has brought together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. The emphasis is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. This event will feature short works-in-progress by three alumni of this program.

Following each excerpt, Dance Omi Director Christopher K. Morgan will facilitate an exchange between the artists and the audience using his extensive experience with the Liz Lehrman’s Critical Response Process. Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer and educator who developed this approach to critiquing work. The Critical Response Process is a tool that encourages supportive but honest and critical feedback with the goal that the artists will be inspired to go back to the studio and deepen their work.

Alumni participating in this event include Marie France Forcier, Canada (2007 alumna), Lynn Neuman, New York (2006 alumna, 2008 guest mentor), and Melissa Riker, New York (2008 alumna).
• Marie France Forcier will show “Little Guidebook for Using your Suffering Wisely.” She is the Artistic Director of Forcier Stage Works.
• Lynn Neuman will present “Trio.” She serves as Artistic Director of Artichoke Dance Company based in New York.
• Melissa Riker will present “Secrets and Seawalls.” She is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre. “The New York Times” called Riker’s choreography “…comically acrobatic, gracefully classical… visually arresting.”

In addition to directing the three week residency at Dance Omi, Christopher K. Morgan is the Artistic Director of Christopher K. Morgan and Artists, a contemporary dance company in residence at City Dance in Bethesda, MD and the Alden in McLean, VA. His choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents, in venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), La Mama (New York City), Theater Artaud (San Francisco), The Maly Theatre (Moscow, Russia) the Hong Kong Cultural Center (China) and the South Lawn of the White House. In April 2011 “Dance Magazine” profiled Christopher as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States.

Admission to this event is free, and tickets are not required. A reception for the dance artists will follow the showing. For other information about these or any other events at PS21, please call (518) 392-6121.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization located at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, New York. PS21 is dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages.

Dance Omi
Dance Omi is a unique opportunity for a collection of international dance artists to explore the process of collaboration through dance. The Residency consists of 3 weeks of artistic process and sharing at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. Uninterrupted by the constraints of lack of space, time, or other artists with whom to work, the residency is an exploration that encourages collaboration without the pressure of having to create a performance product. It is a model for artistic process and international community building.

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