Hassinger rides contemporary 'Currents1
By Theodore Bale
Friday, December 8, 2006
Choreographer Kathy Hassinger made her first dance 25 years ago. "Breakfast of Champions" was a modest work, an homage to her tennis-pro grandmother. This weekend at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, she tackles grander themes, pairing her dances with those of celebrated choreographers David Parsons, Donald McKayle and Anna Sokolow.
Hassinger said her program "Currents of Contemporary Masters" explores "the pace of modem life, the causes of violence and the search for wholeness and peace."
"I'm interested in shedding light in a lot of different directions," said the Newton resident "Usually I try to take something very important, or something that's going on with me personally, and work that through in movement, and then find some sort of universal connection to the rest of the world."
Her newest dance, "Oasis," for example, concludes with the pattern of a figure eight, which for her recalls the sideways eight that is the symbol of infinity. Hassinger described the work, set to the slow movement of Beethoven's last piano sonata, as "an attempt to set up an opening of the heart to go in many directions." She'll show the dance next to Sokolow's famous solo "Homage to Nijinsky," performed by dancer Hanna Blitzblau. Hassinger says both dances focus on the recurring search for wholeness and peace.
Donald McKayle's "Rainbow Etude" is juxtaposed with Hassinger's "Clash," set to Aaron Copland's stormy "Piano Variations." Made in 2004 during the U.S. bombing of Baghdad, the dance explores the roots of war. Hassinger says the dance concludes with a kind of free-for-all, adding the question: "What are we doing as human beings?"
Hassinger has plenty of experience making humorous dances as well. To round out "Currents," she'll include her rousing "Waylaid" and David Parsons' "Etude," both of which comment on the frenzied pace of modem life.
" Waylaid' is a very fun, crazy piece," said Hassinger, "sort of like a group of girls who are like a group of scruffy boys having a good time."
"Currents of Contemporary Masters," at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30. Tickets: $20 ($15 students, seniors); www.cmacusa.org or 617-577-1400, Ext. 3.
Cambridge dance and haiku performance raises funds for Japanese quake relief
By Staff reports
Posted Mar 15, 2012 @ 02:50 PM
Kathy Hassinger, Artistic Director of Dance Currents, Inc. and Yuji Kano, flutist and Music director of the program are co-collaborators on the evening’s performance. The centerpiece of this collaboration is The Haiku Project, a dance of Japanese and Modern movement which convey three haikus (Fall, Winter and Spring), accompanied by Kano and guitarist Daniel Acsadi, playing Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea.
The interplay of haiku, music and choreography is designed to build hope in the possibility of renewal.
The dancers in the program are Mina Muraoka, soloist, Jennifer Burpee, Sarah Josselyn, Lauren Previte, Kai Sherman and Ali Smith. Barbara Kennard, a published poet, will read the selected poetry in English and Yuji Kano will read the Haiku in Japanese.
When: Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8pm and Saturday March 17, 2012 at 8pm
Where: The Dance Complex, The Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.
Reservations and Information: Kathy Hassinger, 617-965-1569, email:
Tickets: Suggested donation of $20 for a single person, $50 for a family with children. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will go to the Earthquake and Tsunami fund of the Japan Red Cross.
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