World-renown guest artists Garth Fagan, Martha Graham and Darshan Bhuller join New World School of the Arts’ choreographers Peter London and Gerard Ebitz in riveting four-day college spring dance concert
MIAMI---In a unique collaboration of master choreographers, New World School of the Arts’ Peter London and Gerard Ebitz join artistic forces with world-renown choreographers Garth Fagan, Martha Graham and Darshan Bhuller to present NWSA’s College Spring Dance Concert. Performances are at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 17, 18 & 19 and at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 20 at NWSA’s New World Dance Theater, MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 5, 25 NE 2nd Street.
Headed by NWSA’s Dean of Dance, Daniel Lewis, has a total cast of 75 college students performing five different masterworks.
Presenting Eng-er-land, with music by DJ Blessed, Darshan Bhuller showcases an interactive piece depicting live as seen through the eyes of young English adults who go out on the town for a night, slowly getting soaked in alcohol. Said Bhuller, “As a choreographer & part time film maker, I have a keen interest in the relationship between film & live dance. Working with Kit Monkman & Tom Wexler (visual designers) offered the opportunity to take this relationship a stage further than simple projections by creating a genuinely interactive environment”. Originally called Wilderness Stair, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, highlights the three aspects of love through three duets: the couple in white represents mature love in perfect balance; red, erotic love; and yellow, adolescent love. Though the dance follows no story, its action takes place in the imaginary garden love creates for itself. Garth Fagan’s From Before, created in 1978, pays tribute to one’s ancestry as it look at movement “before” Western Civilization. Presented with contemporary ideas and sensibilities, Fagan pays homage to African and Caribbean dance but without the elaborate costumes, sets and props which are so much a part of the powerful impact of dance in these regions. A celebration of diversity and converging cultures, NWSA’s choreographer Peter London presents Urban Matrix, with music by Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez for Deep Forest (music form African Pygmies), the piece, performed by 37 students, underscores the African influence, which London refers to as “the common thread among the many cultures of our city.” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s theme and variations for a cast of 30 dancers, Remembrance, choreographed by NWSA’s Gerard Ebitz, blends ballet, modern dance, tap and other dance forms. Dedicated to Galina Stepanov, the piece is performed to live music by NWSA pianist and music professor James Harragin.
General admission to the College Spring Dance Concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Free admission on Thursday, April 17, for NWSA and MDC Students and Faculty with ID. Tickets are available by calling 305-237-3341 or online at www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For more information about the Dance division at New World School of the Arts, please call 305-237-3582.
Photo caption: NWSA college dance students Andrea Murillo and Michael Fernandez performing Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels.
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