Bates Dance Festival presents “Horses” in the Atrium – to be viewed from Monument Square
Location: Main Library
The Portland Public Library, in collaboration with the Bates Dance Festival, will host a dance performance during the First Friday Artwalk, June 6 at 6:45pm at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way. A consortium of six Maine dancers affiliated with the Bates Dance Festival will perform, “Horses,” a new work created by Alternativa, the San Francisco duo of choreographer Kathleen Hermesdorf and composer Albert Mathias.
A wild romp, “Horses” is inspired by the songs and poems of punk rocker Patti Smith. The piece celebrates the current Year of the Horse by manifesting the restless grace inherent in the creature itself.
The performers include some of the region’s most prominent professionals in dance: Amanda Hamp, faculty fellow in dance at Colby College; Charlaine Katsuyoshi, formerly of the touring production of “The Lion King” and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; Meredith Lyons, admissions director of the Bates Dance Festival; Betsy Miller, a lecturer at Providence College; Audrey Ouellette, an Auburn-based dancer and educator; and Jessamyn Schmidt, who teaches modern dance at Southern Maine Community College.
Since 1998, Hermesdorf and Mathias have created performances that integrate sound and motion within a process, they explain, “that is vigorously intertwined and viscerally transmitted.” The artistic director of ALTERNATIVA, Hermesdorf been a member of Bebe Miller Company, has worked with Sara Shelton Mann and Contraband and has collaborated with Stephanie Maher in Berlin. Mathias is a multi-disciplinary musician who provides accompaniment, composition and sound design for stage, CD and film, as well as solo performance works. In 2006 Mathias received a New York “Bessie” award for his work on Bebe Miller’s “Landing/Place.”