To preserve the role of historical work in the dance lexicon: Dance Currents Inc. continues to work on the movie, "Living the Legacy of Modern Dance" by research, rewriting, new voice overs and images as well as a performance of Donald McKayle's "Rainbow Etude" in January 31, by Dondre Taylor-Stewart at the performance of "Drawn In" at Green Street Studios. September 28, 2013 Dance Currents Inc. presented "100 Years of Modern Dance" to a group of students and their parents from The Dance Inn, directed by Thelma Goldberg at the Regent Theatre, Underground in Arlington, MA. We also offered a technique class and workshop on some of the performed Repertory. Dance Currents had its first screening of "Living the Legacy of Modern Dance" on March 17, 2013. Included in this concert were performances of works by Isadora Duncan, Jose Limon, Robert Battle and Marcus Schulkind. January 2011 we developed a program shown twice at the Cambridge YMCA, One Hundred Years of Modern Dance. This show included famous modern dances and choreographers from 1903-2003. Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle and David Parsons were the featured artists. Dance Currents then worked on a school show, “What Do You Dance” which tells the story of Modern Dance and encourages young people to create dances. We bought the rights and performed a new legacy piece, Battle Etude, by Robert Battle, the new artistic director of the Ailey Company. All of these dances, plus some of the text of “What Do You Dance”, interviews of seven choreographers in the Boston area, and contextual photographs are being put together in a film with the working title of “ The Living Legacy of Modern Dance..” Dance Currents has presented three concerts in the past three years that included historical work: Flowering Vine, March, 2011 (“Battle Etude”); Myths, Memories and Shadows of Morning, March 2010 (“Limon Etude”) and Dayspring, March 2009 (“Limon Etude”). Ms. Hassinger has taught workshops to students during Dance for World Community, at The Dance Complex, Boston University, Dancing Arts Studio, the Deborah Mason studio and the Ballet Space on Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Charles Weidman, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow and David Parsons.
To present the art of dance as vital to the health and culture of a thriving community. May 22, 2016 and May 17, 2015 Dance Currents Inc. co-produced with SELMADANSE a Newton City Dance Concert with professional dance companies in Newton, CreationDAnce, Thillai Fine Arts Academy, SELMADANSE and Dance Currents Inc. We received a grant in Fall of 2015 to continue this project with the same groups. Dance Currents Inc. has forged new relationships with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and the Newton Cultural Council by collaborating on two performances in March, 2014. We have completed our 2012/ 2013 season of Sunday Afternoon Concerts at Green Street Studios, and Dance Currents new piece, "Braiding" is an intergenerational piece including seniors, teens and our own professionals from the community of Boston/Cambridge. This piece was commissioned by Across the Ages Dance and will be performed in their concert May 31, June 2 and June 3, 2012. The second Sunday performance (March 17 - "Chaos or Connection") we did not charge admission, as we wanted to present to the community a "rough draft" of a movie on the legacy of Modern Dance in Boston and discuss the same in a panel discussion format. We will participate again, for the fifth time, in Dance for World Community events held by the Jose’ Mateo Ballet Theatre which celebrates the Massachusetts Dance Community, and holds a performances (in which we will present a piece), classes (Ms. Hassinger will teach), and formal discussions how we, as participants can enhance the cultural life of the region. Dance Currents has been a member of Boston Dance Alliance since its inception in 2007. We have presented numerous performances at the Shared Choreographers Concerts sponsored by The Dance Complex, as well as The Central Square Business Association, Mixed Space in Lowell, Massachusetts, Musica Eclectica at Eastern Nazarene College and Tuesday’s at Noon (part of Dance Month in Cambridge). These events were part of efforts to bolster the cultural life of the communities that sponsored the events. Our performance at Eastern Nazarene College was the first time dance had ever been presented at this college.
To collaborate wth artists of diverse disciplines in order to expand the boundaries of art and appeal to the broader community. Our newest dance, "Drawn In" was presented at Next Steps, January 26, 2014. This dance is a collaboration with artist, Robert Murrell and computer projectionist, Dean Capper. Leonardo Ciampa, an international pianist will be working on the score for this new ballet, projected premiere, May 2015. Next Steps was a performance with many Boston choreographers, all freely contributing work to raise money for Green Street Studios. We have had numerous choreographers and panelists from the Boston community, all "weighing in" on the legacy of Modern Dance. Our musicians in 2012, 2013have included Peter Zay, cellist, Yuji Kano, flutist, Mason Morton, harpist, Victoria Tzotzkova, pianist, and Yohanan Chendler, violin. Our major collaboration in the past three years was with Mr. Yuji Kano on “The Haiku Project.” This was a benefit performance held at The Dance Complex, March 16 and 17, 2012 to raise funds for the victims of The Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan. Seventy-five percent of the money donated will be sent to the Japan Red Cross. Mr. Kano and Ms. Hassinger have collaborated on the music, the choreography and the program. Ms. Hassinger has also collaborated with Dr. Del Case on Dayspring, a music and dance performance of his prize winning musical composition of the same name. We have performed this fourteen minute piece at Salve Regina, Eastern Nazarene College and The Dance Complex. It is now on You Tube and can be seen by the public. Barbara Kennard, a published poet was featured Sunday, August 17t , 2008 at Brookline Tai Chi as her poem, Into the Blue, copyright 2004, was the inspiration for Dance Currents premiere of The Sea, a dance piece set to Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalize.” We have used live musicians on numerous occasions including Brady Millican, a concert pianist who has been instrumental in suggesting music and accompanying pieces such as Copland’s “ Piano Variations.” Dance Currents encourages and presents the choreography of dancers in the company, including Carol Cheung, Kendra Heitoff, Nicole Pavone and Jen Cote’.
To participate in fundraising events for the benefit of the larger, non-profit community. "Next Steps" was produced and organized by Dance Currents Inc. with the help of many Boston choreographers on January 26, 2014 to raise funds for Green Street Studios. “The Haiku Project,” mentioned earlier is a fundraiser for the Earthquake and Tsunami fund of the Japan Red Cross. In October, 2006 we produced with Liz Cannon and Margo Morado “Bridging the Gulf” an event held at the Somerville Theater to raise money for victims of Katrina through TCCI (Turkey Creek Community Initiatives), a community development organization in Mississippi. Ms. Hassinger was an organizer of the event, and Dance Currents dancers consulted in the initial planning period and performed for the fundraiser. We also performed a piece for an Oxfam fundraiser (for victims of the tsunami) held at Casa Nia in Cambridge, December 2005. Dance for World Community (which we have participated since the inception of the event) is a festival which combines the efforts of the non-profit community to publicize, motivate, and encourage the Boston area towards an awareness of how dance and social action can and do connect.
Liann Lim, guest artist in Rainbow Etude, by Donald McKayle, courtesy of American Dance Legacy Institute
-photo by Rich Hassinger
Yuji Kano, Guest Artist, Music Director and co-collaborator of Haiku Project with Lauren Previte, dancer
-photo by Rich Hassinger