Dance Preview: The Power Co.'s "A Circus of Sorts"
"A Circus of Sorts" is the title of The Power Company's weekend production at CMFA ArtSpace.
"We always try to chose some sort of theme that ties all of the pieces together," said Stephanie Wikins, a company choreographer and dancer.
But that doesn't mean any of the pieces have anything to do with the circus. There will, however, be circuslike interludes between the dance pieces by company apprentices.
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"A Circus of Sorts" will most certainly feature modern dance performances. And it will be in a setting quite unfamiliar to dance-goers. The seating will be cabaret, with round tables. Beer, wine and light food will be served, included in the ticket price.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday.
Several pieces of new choreography will be featured. Wilkins, an adjunct professor of dance at Columbia College, choreographed "Last Fairy Standing," a contemporary jazz number that centers on demented fairies who dance themselves to death.
It's a group piece for eight dancers set to "The Clock," a song off Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo debut, "The Eraser."
The dancers will wear wings, black corsets and crinoline skirts.
"It's supposed to be urban, gothic fairies," Wilkins said. "I don't want to give too much away."
Briefly, the other dances:
- A collaboration with Natalie Williams of Delirium Tribal Belly Dance Company. Williams will also have a solo dance.
- Marcy Yonkey-Clayton, a visiting professor of dance at Columbia College, has a group piece and a solo. Her group dance, "Now See Here," is a performance-art piece for a quintet.
- Erin Bailey, a graduate of Columbia College who teaches dance in public schools, will perform a duet.
- Rayni Collins, a recent graduate of Columbia College, will debut her first choreography for The Power Company.
Modern and contemporary dance can expand themes and interpretations with long-winded performances. But The Power Company will get to the point in its fall debut.
"Our pieces are shorter than some you might be used to," Wilkins said. "We're doing shorter vignettes. This show is probably only going to last an hour and a half."
But it should last longer in your memory.
"We would just like people to be open to expanding their horizons when it comes to dance," Wilkins said.
"Branch out and come see something different."
IF YOU GO
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday
WHERE: CMFA ArtSpace, 914 Pulaski St.
TICKETS: $18 for one, $30 for two
INFORMATION: (803) 786-3825