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Howard Community College Dance Company Presents “Revolving and Evolving” April 20-22

Concert Features Guest Choreographers Along with HCC Dance Faculty

Columbia, MD – Continuing the tradition of bringing compelling and powerful dance to the greater Baltimore region, the Howard Community College (HCC) Dance Company will present its annual  concert in three performances April 20-22 at the college's Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA). Titled “Revolving and Evolving,” the concert reflects themes of evolution and change. The concert features guest choreographers Marielis Garcia from New York City, Sylvana Christopher from Washington, D.C., Melinda Blomquist, Associate Professor at Community College of Baltimore County, along with HCC Dance Faculty. 

The concert will open with a film montage by Aamer Alamgir, encapsulating each choreographer’s artistic vision with a window into the rehearsal process. Following is a premiere of “Potensial Disgyrchiant,” choreographed by Melinda Blomquist exploring connections through space and time. Two more premieres, Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb’s “November in Conversation” and Joan Nicholas-Walker’s “If Not Now,” address themes of politics and protest as they integrate movement, soundscape, props, and projections. Alex Krebs’ premiere of “What’s the Hang Up?!” takes a witty approach as she comments on technology and its effect on interpersonal communication. Elizabeth Higgins also uses humor in her work “Casual Conversations,” as two dancers communicate through quick, rhythmic gestures, and contemporary movement to the music of the Charlie Hunter ​TrioConversely, subtle gesture and partnering imbue Sylvana Christopher’s “Then She Fell,” set to an original score by John Lee. The program concludes with Marielis Garcia’s “Vantage,” in which movement undergoes dynamic and flowing shifts along with original music written and performed by Brad Wentworth.

Performances are April 20-21 at 7 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. in HCC’s Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. There will be a post-show discussion following the performance on April 20.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for students, seniors, faculty, staff and military. To purchase tickets, visit howardcc.edu/dancecompanyconcert, or call 443-518-1500. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each show-time.

Artistic Team
  • Artistic Director: Elizabeth Higgins
  • Assist. Artistic Dir./Company Manager: Alex J. Krebs
  • Lighting Designer: Eric Moore
  • Stage Manager: Thomas Nagata
  • Costume Designer:  Jessica Welch
  • Music Coordinator: Ian Otto Collins
About The Dance Program
The Howard Community College dance program provides students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for transfer into a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university. Dance faculty are dedicated to students, assessing their progress and meeting their needs. The program offers master classes taught by locally and internationally renowned artists and opportunities for students to perform, including the Dance Company concert and the Dance Student Showcase.
Topics: Arts & Culture
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