Dance concert to showcase work of three noted dancer-choreographers
|Husband-and-wife dancer-choreographers Kent De Spain and Leslie Dworkin will perform original works in a concert Oct. 13-14 at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater.
|(Photo courtesy Amitava Sarkar)
The work of husband-and-wife dancers-choreographers Kent De Spain and Leslie Dworkin and guest artist Tabatha Robinson-Scott will be showcased in a dance concert presented by Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater, fifth floor, Conwell Hall, Broad street and Montgomery avenue, on Temple’s Main Campus.
Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors; free for students with TUid.
All three artists are alums of Temple’s dance program: After receiving his bachelor and master of arts degrees from UCLA, De Spain received his Ed.D. in dance studies from Temple. Dworkin has an M.F.A. in choreography from Temple, and Robinson-Scott received both her bachelor of fine arts and master’s degree in dance education from Temple.
Among the pieces on the program, Blood Knot will feature De Spain and Dworkin exploring the path from grimness to hope and the fine line between a sense of connection and loss.
Their Intervention for Two uses technology and dialogue and music clips from classic films of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s to create an eerie and nostalgic environment for two improvising dancers.
De Spain will premiere his work titled Stream, a solo that challenges mind and body by stringing together a series of detailed movement fragments while simultaneously asking the performer to memorize and speak a series of short texts.
Robinson-Scott — a two-time former Miss Pennsylvania — has shared the stage with Sonia Sanchez, Gregory Hines and Bill Cosby. Her piece Fire and Ice was inspired by her personal experiences with racism and is infused with themes of separation, exclusion and acceptance.
— Harriet Goodheart
Related: See the Department of Dance 2006-07 dance season