UC’s College-Conservatory of Music opens its new CCMONSTAGE Dance Series with The Art of Motion, which runs Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed by CCM Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the mixed-repertoire performance features original works by CCM faculty and a classical ballet masterpiece.
Act I features “Jardin Animé” from Le Corsaire with choreography by Marius Petipa. In this scene, Carberry restages the gathering of the harem in a lush garden to celebrate beauty amidst the flowers.
Next is Passengers, created by CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele. Inspired by Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the artwork of Gustav Klimt, this piece explores the interconnectedness of humanity and the idea that, even when we feel alone, we are still part of a vast web of relationships.
CCM Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin’s Remembrance is presented in memory of pianist David Ralphs. Set to music by Erik Satie, the work celebrates Ralphs’ contributions to CCM’s Dance department, for which he provided musical accompaniment for more than 30 years.
Act II of the program opens with Amanita Virosa, an urban Alice in Wonderland tea party choreographed by Steele. The Art of Motion closes with En Tournée, choreographed by CCM Professor of Dance Jiang Qi and set to music by Shostakovich.
Performances of The Art of Motion will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes, including one intermission.