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Argonauta was choreographed in 1999 to Vivaldi's "Spring." According to Ann Morrow Lindbergh, the argonauta, or paper nautilus is a sea creature whose shell is like a sail and a cradle. The mother nurtures her young in this tent like home, then floats to the top of the sea and her children float away, leaving the mother with another life to live. Lindbergh sees it as a perfect image for non-possesive love. The dance, with seven women in white dresses comes together in loose configurations and then disperses.
Pointe Vierge was choreographed in 2000 and reworked in 20012 as "Dawn" to the music of Louise Farrenc, Opus 45, Movement 2, and Nadia Boulanger, Trois pieces for violincelle et piano #3. The first section is entitled Heaven and Earth, and the second, Creatures In Between. The first few verses of Genesis and the first moment of morning were the inspiration for the dance. Photo by Rich Hassinger of Dance Currents Company members and members of La Vazza Chamber Ensemble.
Dayspring, a collaboration between composer Dr. Delvyn Case and artistic director Kathy Hassinger was choreographed to a prize winning composition of Dr. Case's for clarinet and piano. According to Dr. Case,"Dayspring, an archaic word for sunrise, is an apt title for a piece that is concerned with openings and beginnings. Despite this romantic image, Dayspringis not entirely a peaceful composition. Rather it contains the seeds of a reality that will inexorably encroach upon the earth once the day begins." The dance grows as a day, with its inevitable joys and disappointments, but ends with hope of in the shadows of the next morning. Photos by Charles Daniels of Jess Spinner, Sarah Evans and Mina Muraoka (above from left to right), and Sarah Mosca (floor), Kendra Heithoff (center), Jess Spinner (left) and Mina Muraoka (right) below.
Set to the music of Ian and Sylvia, this rousing trio of works: "The Pond", "The Road" and "The Chapel" chart a course of fun, sadness and joy for women who travel on a country road. The mood is "down home" and the characters delightful and engaging.
"Dayspring" 2010, photo by Charles Daniels with Kendra Heithoff, Jessica Spinner and Mina Muraoka from left to right.
"Eleusian Fields and Fates", 2010, photo by Charles Daniels of Sarah Evans