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Caitlin Corbett Dance Company: "New and Recent Work" presented at the Armory, Apr. 3-4, 2015
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company: "New and Recent Work" on April 3 and 4, 2015, at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.
Choreographer Caitlin Corbett is highly acclaimed for her unusual movement-driven dances that are devoted to celebrating human quirkiness and notable for challenging the audience on their notions of beauty. Working collaboratively with her company of dancers, Corbett continues these explorations with her new workNight, Here, a collection of fully formed half-thoughts, portrayed in vignettes that speak to the random nature of present day human interactions. The vignettes are not connected, nor are they parts of a narrative. Rather they reveal Corbett’s resistance to incorporate linear storytelling and overt meaning. Her movement ideas, whether plain and mundane or sweeping and glorious, are distilled to resonate the essential core of emotions.
The Somerville Armory performance space, with its wood-beamed ceilings, brick walls and open non-theatrical setting, is a perfect venue to present Corbett's reflections on the fundamental nature of half-thoughts. The evening will also include several pieces that focus on Corbett’s longstanding interest in working with community members who may have little movement experience. A reworking of Flutter (2006) a piece for 25 “non-dancers”
Corbett's company of dancers include Leah Bergmann, Jimena Bermejo, Maggie Husak, Erin Koh, Rebecca Lay, Kaela Lee and Meghan McLyman.
"Her movement vocabulary -- which is lush and spare at once -- is so distinctive that it has the kinesthetic effect of a rich flavor lingering on our tongue ..." (Boston Globe)
Further background information:
Caitlin Corbett, artistic director of Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, has presented work in the Boston area since 1984. Corbett’s early involvement with the leading voices of New York's avant-garde helped shape an aesthetic that juxtaposes the sublime beauty of everyday movement with the innovation of contemporary dance. Corbett received her BA from Bennington College where she studied with Martha Wittman and Judson choreographer Judith Dunn. She also holds a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She has danced with Johanna Boyce, Lisa Kraus, Wendy Perron and Susan Rethorst. In spring 2009, she received a Fulbright fellowship to teach and create new choreographic work in Helsinki, Finland. She has received commissions from CrashArts, Dance Umbrella and First Night, as well as grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts Council, and a Carnegie Foundation Copper Scholarship. Her work has been described as "honest, engaging, physically and emotionally dangerous, and unpredictable”
Leah Bergmann has been active in the Boston dance community since the late 90’s, working with various choreographers including Daniel McCusker, Caitlin Corbett, and Audra Carabetta. Outside of dance, Leah works as a physical therapist assistant and volunteers with a local animal rescue.
Jimena Bermejo-Black holds an MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Along with performing, Bermejo-Black continues to teach, choreograph and create video/performance pieces. She is an artist with Mobius Artist's Group and a dance professor at College of the Holy Cross and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Maggie Husak has worked with several Boston-based dance companies, including Digby Dance, EgoArt, Falling Flight Project, Turnpike Project, Weber Dance and the Caitlin Corbett Dance Company.
Erin Koh began dancing with Caitlin Corbett in 1997. She is an organic farmer on Cape Cod.
Rebecca Lay began performing at the University of Montana in 1981 and received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. In addition to working with Caitlin Corbett, she is also currently dancing with Daniel McCusker Dance Projects and Weber Dance.
Kaela Lee started dancing in Boston, then moved to New York where she received her BFA from NYU and then performed with many NY-based choreographers, including Dan Wagoner and Jeanine Durning. Since returning to Boston in 1994, she has danced with Daniel McCusker, Marcus Schulkind, and, since 1997, with Caitlin Corbett Dance Company. Lee is director of the dance program at College of the Holy Cross.
Meghan McLyman is an Associate Professor of Dance at Salem State University. She graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University and received an MA in dance and arts management from American University, as well as an MFA from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival. McLyman has taught courses at various dance programs including The Colleges of the Fenway, The College of the Holy Cross, James Madison University, North Quincy High School, Green Street Studios, and Avery Ballet. She has held master classes at Tufts University, MIT, Webster University, the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, and at MAHPERD. She is the co-director of Accumulation Dance and has received recognition for her work from the Boston Center for the Arts, Crash Arts/World Music, Green Street Studios, the Somerville Arts Council, Concord Academy and at the American Dance Festival. McLyman has performed with the Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, The Falling Flight Project, Digby Dance, The Moving Laboratory, Flip Side Dance Theatre, and Sister's Trousers. She is also the President of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization, the state chapter under NDEO.
Mary Curtin (on behalf of Caitlin Corbett)