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Dance, Dance Evolution: CORE’s new collection springs to life

Dancing while suspended in mid-air by only thin sheets of fabric will be just one of the techniques that the CORE Concert Dance Company will use in its Spring Collection 2008, which opens Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. and runs through March 1 in the New Dance Theatre in the dance building. Tickets for the performance are $15 and $10 for students and those older than 60.

Bala Sarasvati, CORE’s artistic director, said the performance remains close to the Spring Collection’s overall theme, incorporating a series of contemporary pieces that express art through various types of movement, including traditional, contact, improvisation, postmodern and experimental and interdisciplinary methods.

This year’s collection features five premieres, including Apogee/Perigee which symbolizes the moon’s orbit around the Earth; Text Message Fate, which examines not only the current social, political and economic state of the world, but also possible future changes. The piece fuses technology-based sound triggered by the motions of the dancers and features Leonard V. Ball Jr. and doctoral candidates from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music; and NO/ON, which addresses the overuse of the word “on” in dance. Stolen Generation (2003) also will be recreated by Sarasvati and Elsie Smith, a guest choreographer who has worked with Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The piece incorporates floor and aerial dance movements with performers suspended by fabric. Other pieces include Coeur de CORE (2006), The Call (2002), The Way She Moves (2007) and The Secret (premiere).