December Dance Concert Lights Up New Edwards Center

Bowdoin’s annual December Dance Concert was held in the new Edwards Center for Art and Dance, and featured dances by Bowdoin dance faculty Nyama McCarthy Brown, Gwyneth Jones and Paul Sarvis. The video above presents brief segments of the full performance.

The Modern I Repertory and Performance class presented a new work playing with ideas of formality versus informality. Accompanied by twelve chairs and music from the Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester and the Comedian Harmonists, the dancers experimented with movement and behavior, filling a space twice the size of Pickard stage.

“Kaleidoscope,” performed by a trio of ballet students, investigated ballet outside of the traditional context. In the dance, the dancers deconstructed, turned upside down and physically manipulated ballet positions. They explored fragmentations of ballet vocabulary throughout.

Responding to the scale and depth of the new dance studio in the Edwards Arts Center, a quintet of dancers from the advanced repertory course performed “Winterreise (Winter Journey).” Playing off the mathematical completeness of Bach’s two and three part inventions, the dancers inhabited a vaguely Germanic landscape with additional musical help from Schubert and an unlikely cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.”

Watch the full performance here.

5 comments to December Dance Concert Lights Up New Edwards Center

  • Christopher Hanks '68

    Well, I danced ‘the monkey’ in Sargent Gymnasium in March 1965 accompanied by the Kingsmen playing their well-known traditional version of ‘Louie, Louie.’

  • Bob Gardner

    Curious how big the audience was.

  • Hello,

    i liked to see your performance.

    Best regards from Bremen!

    Anselm Hauke
    Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester

  • Ray Babineau, '59

    What a wonderful addition to college life at Bowdoin!

  • Tamsen Harding Endicott

    It is wonderful to see how the dance program has grown and developed since I was a member of the Bowdoin Dance Group in the mid-1980s! It is a real testament to the work of June Vail, as well as that of Paul and Gretchen (who had just begun working with June when I was a student). Thank you Bowdoin for creating a new home for dance and for demonstrating such support for the arts!

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