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Quicksilver Dance

Photo of Quicksilver Dance by Ganesh Ramachandran

Quicksilver Dance

Saturday, May 23 5:00 PM

75 Union Square
Union Square Plaza, Somerville

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Quicksilver Dance, Photo by: Ganesh Ramachandran
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Rain Date: Sunday, May 24

Quicksilver Dance presents:

14 Variations - This duet is a comic deconstruction of ballroom dances, set to varying renditions of Bela Bartok’s “Silk Dance” in his suite of Romanian Folk Dances.

Habitus - “Habitus” explores the idea of interdependence on both a physical and metaphorical level in relationship to our environments, both natural and man-made. Accompanied by a music and text soundscape by Boston-based composer Ryan Edwards, the five dancers come together and fall apart in a constantly moving network of inter-relationships.  

Galatea’s Awakening - This duet re-imagines Ovid's myth of Pygmalion. What happens after Pygmalion's beautiful statue comes to life? Surely not everything went smoothly as Galatea became a person with her own thoughts, feelings and desires separate from, and sometimes in contradiction to, Pygmalion's ideas. The dance includes acrobatic partnering and a tale of discovering the real people beneath our own expectations of those we love.

Star: Struck - “Star: Struck” is based around an interactive sculpture with five elastic bands designed by visual artist Anne Loyer.  As the six dancers manipulate the bands and become caught in the sculpture’s webs, they explore the psychic and spiritual struggles of maintaining one’s way of life in the face of forces beyond one’s control.   

Choreographed by: Mariah Steele
Composed and played by: Ryan Edwards
Set Design by: Anne Loyer
Performed by: Mariah Steele (Artistic Director), Hans Rinderknecht (Technical Director), Grant Jacoby, Jennifer Roberts, Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch (Rehearsal Director), Gabriela Silva, Jessica Smith, Andrea West

Quicksilver Dance is a modern/contemporary dance company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts with roots in New York City. Using anthropological inquiry and artistic exploration, our dances delve into contemporary and timeless issues to inspire reflection and imagination and to spark new perspectives and cross-cultural dialogue. Among other venues, Quicksilver Dance has performed at MIT, Harvard University, Tufts University, Princeton University, Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, SUNY Purchase, UMass Amherst, and Brooklyn's John Ryan Theater. Quicksilver has also been in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts (Fall 2012) and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy (July 2012), and was recently nominated for the "Best Choreography" award at the St-Ambroise Festival de Montreal (June 2014). In a review of Quicksilver Dance, the Montreal blog Bloody Underrated writes: "I dare you to find a company that dances with more heart."