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Coming to the Redfern: An Evening of Dance

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

A specially commissioned dance by New York choreographer Monica Bill Barnes is featured in An Evening of Dance, presented by Keene State College Department of Theatre and Dance. Now in its 36th year, this annual modern dance concert will be performed Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and children, and $6 for KSC students. For tickets, contact the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit

An Evening of Dance offers nine new modern dance pieces that burst with the creative energy of Keene State’s vibrant dance community. Monica Bill Barnes’ featured dance “If You Knew” is the culmination of a two-year residency with Keene State’s dance program. Last year, her company performed as part of the Redfern’s Visiting Artists Series, and she adjudicated and taught at the New England Regional American College Dance Festival hosted by Keene State.

KSC Dance Program Director Marcia Murdock, directs the program, which includes her new dance “Meet Me on the Other Side,” a quirky quintet inspired by borders, boundaries, and buttonholes.

William Seigh, the 2011 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, choreographed “Iris,” a modern dance sextet that relies on images of the flower, the eye, and the camera lens to reveal a view of human relationships. Performing to a complex musical composition by Wim Mertens, the dancers expose the wonder of love and the beauty of the most picturesque iris.

The third faculty work by Cathy Nicoli, “Sweet Trap (Ascend)” explores spatial patterns that over time put restrictive forces over the dancers.

For more on this year’s An Evening of Dance, including details on student-choreographed work, visit the news site.

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