Maryland Dance Ensemble’s Breath, Rhythm, Flight, November 30-December 1

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Snyder
(301) 405-8151

November 13, 2012College Park, MD – The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) presents the cutting-edge visions of its dance faculty members in the Maryland Dance Ensembles’s Breath, Rhythm, Flight on November 30-December 1 at the Clarice Smith Center. Breath, Rhythm, Flight is directed by TDPS dance professor Alvin Mayes and will also feature the work of special guest choreographer Susan Marshall, who serves as artistic director of the New York-based Susan Marshall & Company.

About the Performances

Breath, Rhythm, Flight is a diverse program that explores issues of love, loss, time, experience, and our relationship to the universe. Be Still My Heart, a duet that explores the unknowingness in the state of impending loss, and Fields of View, a piece with emphasis on swirling movement and visual design, will be performed at both the matinee and evening performances. The schedule of choreography is as follows:


Matinee Performance

Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m.

Take Me With You- choreography by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, Raja ‘Feather’ Kelly and                                 Connor Vos

Be Still My Heart- choreography by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig with Tzeveta Kassabova and                                Raja ‘Feather’ Kelly

Fields of View- choreography by Susan Marshall

Evening Performances

Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m.

ENGRAM- choreography by Sharon Mansur

A Time of Confidences- choreography by Alvin Mayes

While Waiting- choreography by Alvin Mayes

residue… (engram)- choreography by Sharon Mansur

Gravity- choreography by Adriane Fang

Be Still My Heart- choreography by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig with Tzeveta Kassabova and                              Raja ‘Feather’ Kelly

Fields of View- choreography by Susan Marshall


About Director Alvin Mayes

Alvin Mayes is Director of Undergraduate Dance Studies with TDPS and is also Artistic Director for the Maryland Dance Ensemble in residence at UMD. Throughout his career, he has choreographed more than 150 works for dancers, actors, singers, and athletes in the area. He is this year’s recipient of the Maryland Council for Dance Award for Outstanding Service to Dance in Maryland. The award is presented annually to one of Maryland's finest teachers and promoters of dance and dance education. 

About Guest Choreographer Susan Marshall

Since 1985, Susan Marshall has created over 40 dances on her company, Susan Marshall & Company. She has also created works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. A 2000 recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, Marshall has received numerous other awards, including three New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement. In addition to her own company’s work, Marshall serves as Director of Dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, having assumed that post in September 2009.


More information can be found on our web site. Tickets for this performance are $20/$10 (Students/Youth), and can be purchased online or by calling (301) 405-ARTS (2787).


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Clarice Smith Center's donor support.