The Department of Dance Presents Faculty and Guest Artist Concert Spectrum

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The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University opens the 2022-2023 season with Spectrum, an evening of new and revisited works. Spectrum features Brink by contemporary NY-based choreographer Janice Rosario and the return of the popularly acclaimed Les Noces by Pascal Rioult. Artistic Director Gary Galbraith with collaborators Mike Martens, CWRU Professor of Physics, and Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer for CWRU's Freedman Center, presents a new technology-infused multi-media and multi-channel sound dance work using new state-of-the art technology, supported in part by his Expanding Horizons Initiative Grant (EHI). Rounding out the program will be the return of Karen Potter's poignant Ubi Sunt.

Spectrum will be performed November 11, 12 and 17-19 at 7:30pm and November 13 at 2:30pm at Mather Dance Center, 11040 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve campus in University Circle.

In a five day residency, contemporary NY-based choreographer Janice Rosario worked with graduate students and undergraduate dance majors to set Brink: “When we are at the cusp of reaching our goals, we give it all and more.” Brink dives into the being within reach of your aspirations and how striving for them affects us on the individual and community level.

Making its return, Les Noces, by two time recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography Pascal Rioult, is a sexually charged deconstruction of the marriage ritual, infusing the strong structural composition with provocative movement and unabashed energy.

Gary Galbraith’s new three-sectioned untitled work is another in his long line of media-rich dance works. Galbraith, who the Cleveland Plain Dealer has called “ innovator in dance and technology”, has created this new abstract work, a visually stunning landscape, set to intensely beautiful music by Armand Amar.

The creation of this new work is supported by Galbraith’s recent EHI grant and is a collaboration between Galbraith, Martens, and Bendis. This work harnesses new lidar technology to track dancers on stage in real time during the performance. The dancers’ movements are then connected to projection to create a live interactivity on stage. The collaboration with Bendis has yielded the inclusion of multi-channel audio, also connected to the dancer’s choreography, to bathe the audience in music and sound from all directions. The evocative settings and environments are a magical combination of movement, image, and sound.

Created by chair of the department Karen Potter, Ubi Sunt is a somber dance for 10 women that was loosely inspired by the sadness endured when losing a loved one.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors age 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Reservations are open, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246 or online by clicking the link below.