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Bates College Choir, Modern Dance Company in weekend performances

The Bates College Choir and the Bates Modern Dance Company offer separate performances Friday and Saturday, March 26-27.

The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

Lecturer in Music John Corrie directs the Bates College Choir and a 25-piece orchestra in Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C (“Coronation”) at 8 p.m. both evenings. The concerts take place in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. For more information call 207-786-6135.

A vintage piece of choreography is featured in the Bates College Modern Dance Company’s two performances in Schaeffer Theatre, College Street, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27. For additional information call 207-786-6161.

The program for this annual spring concert of new works includes Alwin Nikolais’ 1953 “Tensile Involvement.” Part of a larger piece titled “Masks, Props and Mobiles,” the work equips the dancers with elastic bands that are stretched across the stage like a giant cat’s cradle. Nikolais choreographed the piece, composed the music, designed the lighting and costumes, and devised the use of the elastic bands. New York choreographer Tito (Alberto del Saz) visited Bates in January to teach the piece to the Bates dancers.

Two students from Maine — Saida Cooper, a senior from St. Albans, and Alex Smith, a sophomore from South Portland — are among the nine Bates students and faculty choreographers presenting pieces under the direction of Carol Dilley, who is co-director of the Bates dance program with Marcy Plavin.



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