Bill Evans' 75 Birthday Dance Concert and Celebration!
The Bill Evans Dance Company gave its first performances at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1975. For several years, the companythen based in Seattle--was the most-booked professional U.S. dance ensemble. It has appeared in all 50 U.S. states, throughout Canada and Mexico, and in 20 other countries. In April of 2014, the Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in Rochester, NY, where it had been in residence for 10 years.
In August of 2014, Mr. Evans moved to Providence, where his husband, Don Halquist, is the new Dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College. To celebrate his 75th birthday, and to introduce himself to the Rhode Island dance community, AS220 will host an afternoon of Evans' works, performed by Evans, Halquist, and dance majors from the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, MA, where Evans is a professor of dance.
AS220 is Rhode Island's unjuried, uncensored, and all-ages home and forum for the arts, located in downtown Providence, since 1985. AS220 maintains a dance studio, located on the third floor of 95 Empire Street, that offers affordable and publicly accessible dance and fitness classes 6 days (and nights) a week.
The April 12th performance will include the following works:
Three Preludes, Evans' signature rhythm tap/modern dance solo to music by George Gershwin. He performed it on December 4, 2014 at the Ailey Citygroup Theatre in New York City, when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Dance Guild Performance Festival.
Climbing to the Moon, a solo choreographed by Evans and performed by Don Halquist, to an original piano piece by Michael Cava (to whom it is dedicated). A lyrical contemporary work based on a poem and drawing by William Blake.
Yes, Indeed!, a rhythm tap piece choreographed in 1988, with additional choreography created by Evans and the dancers in 2015. Performed by 12 dance majors from Dean College.
Interview, a performance art solo with text and direction by the brilliant Claire Porter. This will be Evans' premiere performance of this humorous work.
Tres Tangos, an Evans-choreographed duet to music by Valeria Munnarriz, performed by Don Halquist and Jolene Bailie, prominent Canadian modern dance soloist and long-time collaborator with Evans and Halquist.
Colony, an award-winning Evans modern dance work based on time he spent working with Maori dancers in New Zealand, performed by eight dance majors from Dean College.
See You Around, a humorous look at corporate/political greed and corruption by the performance artist Claire Porter, performed by Evans and Halquist.
95 Empire Black Box at AS220 (View)
95 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
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