Dance festival puts ribbon and bow on 30th season with faculty, student showcases

Students perform during the Bates Dance Festival. Photograph by Arthur Fink.

The annual Festival Finale and three other performances of work by faculty and students conclude the 30th anniversary season of the Bates Dance Festival from Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 11.

A popular festival performance, Moving in the Moment takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Bates College’s Alumni Gymnasium, 130 Campus Ave. An exciting evening for the whole family, this free event comprises improvisational music and dance by contact improvisers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, along with festival artists in residence.

New for 2012 is Performance in the RAW, an evening of works in progress fresh from the studio by artists in residence, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St. This event is also open to the public at no charge. The audience is invited to comment on the performances at the end of the evening.

Two performances on Saturday, Aug. 11, conclude the 2012 festival.

Young Choreographers/New Works, an annual, informal adjudicated showing of more than 20 works by festival students, starts at 1 p.m. in Schaeffer Theatre.

In the Festival Finale, at 7:30 p.m., festival participants perform new works by Larry Keigwin, Michael Foley, Tania Isaac and Claudia Lavista & Omar Carrum, plus a production by BDF Youth Arts Program participants. Admission is $6, with tickets available only at the door.

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Founded in 1982, the acclaimed festival brings together an international community of contemporary dance choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work.

This annual summer series of renowned contemporary dance has marked its 30th anniversary by highlighting choreographers whose creative development has been nurtured by the festival.