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Newsletter Vol. 8 Summer 2010


Different Voices Artist Claudia
Lavista - Lois Greenfield


The Bates Dance Festival open its 28th season on July 10 with the witty and entertaining Monica Bill Barnes & Company. The season will also feature lecture demonstrations and performances by Doug Varone and Dancers, COCo Dance Theatre, AXIS Dance Company, as well as new works by choreographers from Mozambique, Taiwan and Mexico.

Tickets go on sale online June 14.

For full details and tickets: BDF Events Listings



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Doug Varone and Dancers - Phil Knott

Acclaimed choreographer Doug Varone brings his spectacular troupe back to Bates to complete his latest work, "Chapter From a Broken Novel." Doug Varone and Dancers first came to BDF in 1992 to develop and premiere "A Momentary Order," a moving work inspired by the Franco-American mill workers of Lewiston-Auburn. Since that remarkable collaboration the company has returned to BDF many times to develop new works that have toured the world to great acclaim.

This summer the company will spend three weeks in residence engaged in an intense rehearsal process to put the finishing touches on "Chapters" a snippet of which will be showcased as part of Varone's main stage performances at BDF, July 15 & 17. While in residence the company will also offer a Lecture Demonstration (July 12) and teach classes for BDF's Professional Training Program.

BDF is proud to have received an American Masterpieces grant from the Maine Arts Commission to support these activities.

This project is our very first co-production with the Portland Ovations. Ever since fellow arts presenter, Aimee Petrin arrived in Maine to take over the helm at Portland Ovations, she and BDF Director Laura Faure have been hatching plans to bring more great dance to Maine. Over the last three years the two organizations have engaged in successful cross-marketing efforts to increase audiences for contemporary dance. With this co-production they take another significant step by supporting the work of a great American choreographer, Doug Varone. The company will present excerpts from "Chapters" on Portland Ovation's Spring 2011 season.



Rennie Harris

Hip Hop choreographer extraordinaire and BDF Artist Advisory Committee member, Rennie Harris received an honorary doctorate degree from Bates College on May 30, 2010. Harris was among five distinguished recipients who inspired graduates at the commencement ceremony. (Read Harris' citation written by Bates alum and BDF faculty member, Suzanne Carbonneau).

Harris and his company, Puremovement (RHPM) have a long and rich history at BDF. In 1996 RHPM first came to Maine to present their signature repertory works. Audiences went wild! A popular teacher and sage of hip hop culture, Harris returned to BDF for several years to teach and present new works. In 1999 he created his award-winning retelling of the classic Shakespearean tale, "Rome & Jewels" during a 5-week intensive creative residency. With this work Harris took his place among America's great dance innovators by brilliantly re-imagining hip hop dance as a concert dance form.



AXIS Dance Company - Matt Harber

The acclaimed multi-abled dance company AXIS comes to Maine July 25-August 1, 2010 for a week of inspiring outreach workshops and performances of new repertory.
The company will offer a lecture demonstration at BDF of July 26 and two performances of new works including "LIght Shelter" by choreographer and long time BDF faculty member, David Dorfman. On Saturday, July 31 the company will also offer a participatory dance workshop for people with disabilities. For more information call us at 786-6381.

BDF is also collaborating with three stellar organizations serving the Maine disability community, VSA Arts of Maine, the Morrison Center and Alpha One to bring their constituents together with AXIS for a lecture demonstration July 27 at the Morrison Center and a participatory workshop at BDF July 31.

Founded in 1982, the Bates Dance Festival is a summer program of Bates College whose mission is: to bring an artistically and ethnically diverse group of outstanding contemporary dance artists to Maine during the summer months to teach, perform, and create new work; to encourage and inspire established and emerging artists by giving them a creative, supportive place in which to work; and to actively engage people from the community and region in a full range of dance performances, workshops and discussions.

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