dance company of Oak Park
its Spring Dance
Diversity in Dance ~ Past and Present
MOMENTAís Spring Concert Series
MOMENTA, the premiere dance company of Oak
Park, opens its 2006 Spring Concert Series in
March.† As MOMENTA approaches its 25th year,
these concerts reflect the great diversity, expansive talent and
passionate creative pursuits that are the hallmarks of this Oak Park
Dance Company.† From classical
ballet to contemporary dance to works for dancers with mixed abilities, MOMENTAís concerts will
present a multifaceted view of dance and showcase the Companyís diverse
repertoire.† Whether in pointe
shoes or barefoot, classical tutus or unitards, MOMENTAís dancers move wonderfully from
style to style, relishing different kinds of dance the way most people
enjoy different ethnic cuisine.
The evening will include:
exotic undersea ballet from Rimsky-Korsakovís opera, choreographed by
ballet master, Valery Dolgallo.
Duncanís Dionysian Scherzo, and
a powerful excerpt from Martha Grahamís Night Journey.
known tap dancer, Lane Alexander, performs to Bach on the first weekend.
4. Ash Wind, choreographed by
Chung-Fu Chang, a Taiwanese born and internationally known
dancer/choreographer, who has created a new work for four women in
shifting dream landscapes, inspired by the music of Alan Hovhaness.
integrated works for dancers with and without disabilities: †Ginger Laneís
delightful Chet Atkins romp featuring Oak
Parkís own Kris Lenzo, and a revival of her
lyrical work Interplay, Tom
Trimbleís poignant work Ashes,
scheduled just on March 11 and 12, a dance for a man suspended in space
and the woman he embraces and releases.†
All three of these physically integrated works will be performed
again in April at the Duncan YMCA in Chicago
for the first Chicago Festival for Disability Arts and Culture.
MOMENTAís evening performance
dates are March 4 and 5 and 11 and 12, Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays
at 7:00 PM in the Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre at the Academy
of Movement and Music, 605
Lake Street in Oak
Admission is $15.00/Adults; $10.00/Seniors and
(708)848-2329 for more information.†
The theatre is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.
the premier dance
company of Oak Park
its Spring Dance
Spring Matinee Concerts Feature Childrenís Classics:
Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees
Beauty and the Beast
MOMENTA , the premiere
dance company of Oak Park,
has established a reputation for bringing classic childrenís literature
to life through dance and theatre.†
MOMENTA †is pleased to announce that its 2006
Spring Family Concerts will offer a double feature performance of
childrenís classics:† Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel
with the Wrinkled Knees and Beauty
and the Beast.
The spring concerts will take place on March 4 and 5
and March 11 and 12, Saturdays at 3:00 PM and on Sundays at 2:00 PM at
the Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre in the Academy
of Movement and Music at 605
Lake Street in Oak
2006 representing the 90th birthday anniversary of Raggedy Ann
and Andy, choreographers Mary Kelly Kren and Regina Sigismondi pay
tribute to these long-adored characters by creating the Raggedy Ann and
Andy ballet, drawing on Johnny Gruelleís famous images.† Young dancers, Ella Gill and Noelani
Ho, play Raggedy Ann.† Max Gorgol
and Tommy Jackson play Raggedy Andy.†
The childrenís cast is joined by adult performers Larry Ippel as
the Camel and Tim Jackson as the Tired Old Horse.
addition, MOMENTA† dancers will present the beloved Beauty and the Beast, a visually
stunning ballet inspired by Jean Cocteauís 1946 movie of the famous fairy
tale.† Choreographer, Stephanie
Clemens, is working with costume designer Sarah Najera to recreate some
of the filmís imagery on stage, having the costumes for Belleís sisters
all in black and white, and Belle and the Beastís castle in silvers and
grays.† Flashes of brilliant color
will play against this austere backdrop.†
Dancers Lucy Gill and Christiana Ho will share the role of
Belle.† Zachary Schorsch is the
Beast and Daniel Deziel and Larry Ippel share the role of Belleís father.
is $10.00/Adults and $5.00/Students and Seniors.† The Doris Humphrey Memorial Theater is
accessible to persons with disabilities.††† For more information, call (708) 848-2329.
MOMENTA is the resident
performing dance company of the Academy
of Movement and Music in Oak
Founded in 1983 by Stephanie Clemens, Larry Ippel and James C.
Tenuta, MOMENTA† grew out of a need to create
opportunities for local choreographers and composers and to give young
artists performing experience.†
Today, MOMENTA is
comprised of both a Senior and Junior Company.† The Senior Company includes seasoned professionals and
highly skilled advanced students while the Junior Company includes
talented young dancers who are developing their performing skills.
broadened its scope and began to acquire the rights to perform dance
works by American Dance pioneer, Doris Humphrey, a native of Oak
Park, and her associates, including Ruth St.
Denis, Charles Weidman and Eleanor King.†
MOMENTAís repertoire of historic
American modern dance makes it one of the largest of any company in the United
In addition to its historic repertoire, MOMENTA has performed nationally and
internationally, and regularly performs throughout the Chicago