SoMar Dance Works presents âBody Languageâ
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, SoMar Dance Works presents âBody Language,â a dance concert of premieres and favorites from the companyâs repertoire.Ìý
Artistic Directors Solveig and Mark Santillano have created an exciting and entertaining mix of dance, film, and music for this special event on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Walker Recital Hall on the campus of ÁùºÏ²Ê¿ª½±¼ÇÂ¼t University. Admission is free and open to the public.Ìý
The concert includes eight dances and two short films and will feature a company of 13 dancers and two guest artists.
In describing the productionâs theme, Mark Santillano emphasized the significance of movement in self-expression. âThere is nothing better suited for expressing the human condition than bodies in motion,â he said. âBodies are real; bodies are visceral. Everybody has a body, so everybody can relate, and when it comes to body language, dancers are naturally fluent. Dancers speak volumes.âÌý
Featured within the concert is the Erie premiere of âAlchemy,â a dance commissioned by the San Diego Civic Dance Company this past summer. ÌýPerformed to music by Camille, âAlchemyâ showcases the creative partnering work for which SoMar is known. Also on the program is the world premiere of the Dr. Seuss classic, âThe Sneetches.â Although the story is from 1961, it is full of social commentary that is still relevant today. This playful piece involves the full company set to an original sound score by Mark Santillano.Ìý
Two guest artists, Angela McDonough DiFiore and Kelly Armor, will be joining SoMar for a new piece, âA World Beneath.â Created and performed along with Solveig Santillano, this dance explores the amazing world of mushrooms that lies beneath our feet. With live music and narration by Armor, the trio was inspired by this unseen network that serves as a metaphor for unheard voices that exist all around us. Joining the Santillanos are dancers Emma Berkheiser, Katie Bleu, Natalie Cecil, Ainsley Dunning, Katherine Kilbourn, Madeleine Plourde, Sophie Satoh, Mia Semieraro, Maddie Sipos, Moira Sullivan, and Nicole Walters.Ìý
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