SENSES Comes to Theatre Project

SENSES Comes to Theatre Project

The Collective, Baltimore's hub for dancers and choreographers, will present a collection of works entitled SENSES: A broadly accessible dance performance, featuring seven premier works crafted through the lens of broadening the dance experience and providing multiple ways to enter into experiencing a dance performance. SENSES will run at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd. The concert will feature works by the following choreographers: Natalie Boegel, Molly Jean Kirkup Heer, Samantha Hopkins, Lynne Price, Gianna Rodriguez, Kristen Yeung & guest choreographer Samuel Horning (Dance Exchange).

Since 1999, The Collective has called Baltimore home and has embraced as well as advanced the professional dance community in Baltimore. As a non-profit organization, The Collective carries out its mission of providing opportunities for dance artists through curated dance showcases, a series of Open Marley Nights for emerging artists/students, bi-weekly dance class offerings, and through the work created and produced by the seventeen-member dance company. In May 2015, The Collective produced its annual concert of work at Theatre Project during the week of the uprising. Since that time, The Collective has focused on producing work that speaks to healing and repairing of our beloved home city. The Collective is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School where the company offers bi-weekly drop-in dance classes for pre-professional students and adults.

As a company/collective, the work presented for SENSES comes from multiple perspectives in crafting dance works that embraces the senses of touch, sight, smell, taste, and more. Choreographer Samantha Hopkins created a series of short works bringing to life different scents with titles such as Burst and Sunday Morning. In the new work, Blurring, choreographer Lynne Price, who identifies as trans and non-binary, challenges the idea of binaries by creating a more complex, nuanced, and disorienting experience and world view. This collection of works also culminates a year of engaging populations at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland School for the Blind to provide outreach workshops utilizing various sensory experiences and dance.

SENSES will be presented on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8pm and Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3pm. The performance will run in two acts with a fifteen minute intermission and includes a complimentary "meet-the-artists" post-performance reception.

In addition to SENSES, The Collective will host a series of Open Marleys, on Thursday, April 19 and Saturday, April 21. Similar to an "open mic night", the performance space will be open for choreographers to show work or work-in-progress with feedback from the audience facilitated and encouraged.

For Open Marley: Thursday Edition, the night will feature a collection of works or works in progress from local, professional artists. Join the artists for a pre-show reception in the lobby prior to the 7pm performances.

Participating Artists:

The Collective

Covenant Babtunde

Full Circle Dance Company

Heather Doyle

Kinetics Dance Theatre

Madeline Maxine Gorman

Vaught Contemporary Ballet

For Open Marley: Saturday Edition, the performance will feature a collection of works or works in progress from both artists and pre-professional students. Join the artists for a pre-show reception in the lobby prior to the 3pm performances.

Participating Artists:

Baltimore Dynamic Dancers

Dance & Bmore

EmPOWERED Dance Center

Errant Movement

Friends School of Baltimore

Leigh Dalton and Dancers

Rachel Harris

Robin Rodbell

Seanie Scott

The Dance Conservatory at St. Paul's School


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