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ARCOS Dance Repertoire Concert

The Taos Center for the Arts presents:
Thursday, October 27 at the Taos Community Auditorium

TAOS, NM. ARCOS Dance presents its World Premiere Repertoire Concert featuring new works and existing choreography by Artistic Director Curtis Uhlemann and Associate Artistic Director Erica Gionfriddo, the performance includes 19 ARCOS Dance members from the Northern New Mexico region and Colorado.

New world premiere choreography by Uhlemann and Gionfriddo, ‘The Raven’ is danced to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem read by Basil Rathbone. Performers move on, around, and over a solitary wingback chair center stage, and don various cuts of costuming and fantastical headdresses. “For us, this piece is about stepping in a new direction. Most choreography relies heavily on music for effect. Instead, with ‘The Raven’ we’re focusing on subtlety of the spoken voice and its intonations to help create the mood,” said Uhlemann.

Aggressive, high-energy ‘Liquid Days In Four Parts’ is also world premiere choreography by Uhlemann and Gionfriddo, and presents four movements in which dancers sling bucketsful of dirt, water, and ice across the theater against tracks from Philip Glass’s album ‘Songs From Liquid Days.’ One section features three vignettes of commentary on love and relationships, with satirical scenes set in a living room, bedroom, and dining room.

Gionfriddo also premieres ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ with music by local violinist Karina Wilson. Wilson improvises on melodies and Gionfriddo rearranges segments of this The Mamas and The Papas classic, creating a unique format for a group of female dancers to explore the concept of strong female presence. Dancers appear in expressionless masks, changing the impact of the well-known tune through visual appearance. “’Dream’ is dark, confrontational, and aggressive both in execution and movement vocabulary. It’s about strong, tough women, and challenging the ideas society holds about young women,” said Gionfriddo.

Uhlemann said, “Input from multiple artists on choreography results in a wider vocabulary for the dancers and a richer experience for the audience in comparison to an evening of single works by single choreographers, conceived independently of one another. We’re trying to cross the lines.”

The company is comprised of 21 pre-professional and professional performers from across Northern New Mexico and Colorado, ranging in age from 14 to 25. Dancers come to ARCOS from Boulder Ballet, Columbia University, New Mexico School for the Arts, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Charisma/Belisima, Moving People Dance, Dance Arts Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico, and include college dance majors and graduates. Gionfriddo remarked, “With diverse backgrounds in all types of training from ballet and modern to jazz and musical theater, all the members of ARCOS took to our signature visceral, fast choreography right away. Not all dancers can handle the intensity; this is a really strong cast who will rise to the occasion for our first performance. The challenge is for us as choreographers to rise to the performers’ abilities and truly test their skills.”

ARCOS Dance is a new contemporary dance company in Santa Fe offering world-class choreography and performance opportunities to both pre-professional and professional performers. Created specifically for dancers in their teens and early twenties, performers are encouraged to continue training at their respective schools and join ARCOS to supplement technical training with live performance. Providing a much-needed bridge for young artists between scholastic training and professional careers, ARCOS allows dancers to advance and prepare for the demands of a professional audition, rehearsal, touring, and performance schedule.

ARCOS Dance at Taos Center for the Arts: ARCOS Dance will be presented in Taos by Taos Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7pm. As the TCA is dedicated to bringing quality arts education to Taos youth they will also be hosting a school show, lecture, and demonstration for local students the following morning.

Ticket prices are $12 for TCA members, $15 for the general public and $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the TCA office at 575-758-2052 or at the box office which opens 45 minutes prior to the performances.

TCA is located at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571. Call Dancer Dearing, TCA Director of Programming, for more information at 575-758-2052.


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