Nic Gareiss & Maeve Gilchrist Workshop & Performance
Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet that delights both the ears and the eyes.
"I would never have predicted that I would witness a man dancing on sand on a gymnasium stage accompanied by a Celtic harpist. Nic Gareiss, dancer from Michigan, and Maeve Gilchrist, harpist from Edinburgh, infuse both seemingly disparate specialties into a synchronistic performance. Both young artists are accomplished and respected worldwide for their individual crafts, and together they bring a wholly original infusion of dance and music at once enthralling and entertaining. The percussive steps and slides of the dance mixed with the harp's intricate melodies unveil a full sound, as expressed through a Norwegian instrumental 'Nordfjordhallingen' as well as Gilchrist original 'City of the North', to which Gilchrist adds her voice."
Michigan-born percussive dancer, Nic Gareiss and Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while both teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies'.
Workshop: 4-5PM $25/advance $30/door
Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting
Flat-footing and clogging are solo freestyle forms of American dance originating in the Appalachian mountains with connections to Western European, Native American and West African dance. Using the toes, heels and ball of the foot to strike and slide across the floor, flat-footing is a percussive dance style that articulates the rhythms of mountain fiddle and banjo music. Wear comfortable leather-soled shoes for this class.
The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
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