Modern Dance Company to premiere work by NYC choreographer Kyle

A new work by choreographer Peter Kyle, formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Group, will be featured in performances by the Bates College Modern Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and noon Sunday, Sept. 30, in Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

Bates students choreographed the other dances on the program. The performances are open to the public at no charge. For more information, please call 207-786-6161.

Kyle created “Serenade,” featuring music by Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach), for the Bates company. Kyle was a soloist with the Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Company from 1992 until 1999 and the Morris ensemble from 1998 to 2003, as well as the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.

His choreography has been presented internationally, including commissions by Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Symphony Space, the dancenow/NYC Festival, Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington Summer Arts Festival. His awards include honors from the Concours Internationale de Danse de Paris, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Washington State Arts Commission.

Kyle teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and is a 2007 guest artist at Wesleyan University of Connecticut.

The student choreographers are Sarah Wolff, a senior from Riverdale, N.Y.; the team of seniors Emma Arenstam of Saco, Maine, Alissa Horowitz of Yorktown Heights, N.Y, and sophomore Marlena Weinberg of Tampa, Fla.; and Kelly Griffin, a junior from Turners Falls, Mass.

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