Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

April 14, 2008
Contact: Linda Celi
ADC/Business Manager/Publicist
Department of Theater and Dance

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is pleased to present a free faculty dance concert in Kirby Theater on April 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. each night. The concerts offer a rich diversity of themes and approaches to dance, featuring choreography and performances by Amherst College faculty and guest artists.

Included in the program will be works created by Five College dance professors and guest artists Ariel Cohen, Cathy Nicoli, Fritha Pengelly, Candice Salyers, Marilyn Sylla, Tom Vacanti and Wendy Woodson. Cohen’s new piece, “Absence,” involves three young women and a flashlight. Nicoli’s new solo, “Love Apple,” is a witty devotion to the simple beauty found in what old timers used to call the love apple—the tomato. Pengelly’s piece, titled “Earth Songs,” explores a perception of body in relationship to earth and current changes in and concerns about the natural environment. Salyers will present her solo, “you (and everything else),” which physically traces a willingness to get one’s heart broken, moving both forward and backward in time. In Sylla’s piece, called “The Women Are Dance,” dancers will dance Sente and Mandiane; the dances, from Guinea, West Africa, celebrate the beauty and strength of women. Vacanti will present “Ruhe,” a contemporary solo to the music of Granados. “Say Again,” a new choreography by Wendy Woodson, is a piece for five women who enter a room of memory, desire, regret and reconciliation.

The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is by general admission and tickets can be obtained by calling the box office at 413/542-2277.