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Bates Dance Festival wraps up 30th anniversary season with showcases of work by faculty, students
Bates Dance Festival wraps up 30th anniversary season with showcases of work by faculty, students

LEWISTON, Maine -- The annual "Festival Finale" and three other performances of work by faculty and students conclude the 30th anniversary season of the Bates Dance Festival from Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 11.

A popular festival performance, "Moving in the Moment" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Bates College's Alumni Gymnasium, 130 Campus Ave. An exciting evening for the whole family, this free event comprises improvisational music and dance by contact improvisers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, along with festival artists in residence.

New for 2012 is "Performance in the RAW," an evening of works in progress fresh from the studio by artists in residence, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St. This event is also open to the public at no charge. The audience is invited to comment on the performances at the end of the evening.

Two performances on Saturday, Aug. 11, conclude the 2012 festival.

The annual "Young Choreographers/New Works" concert, an informal adjudicated showing of more than 20 works by festival students, starts at 1 p.m. in Schaeffer Theatre.

For the "Festival Finale" at 7:30 p.m., festival participants perform new works by Larry Keigwin, Michael Foley, Tania Isaac and Claudia Lavista & Omar Carrum, plus a production by BDF Youth Arts Program participants. Admission is $6, with tickets available only at the door.

The Bates Dance Festival, an annual summer series of renowned contemporary dance, celebrates its 30th anniversary by highlighting choreographers whose creative development has been nurtured by the festival.

Founded in 1982, the acclaimed festival brings together an international community of contemporary dance choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work.  The festival serves as an annual destination for artists, students and audiences to engage in a full range of dance activities and performances that foster a creative exchange of ideas, encourage exploration of new ground and provide the opportunity to experience a wide spectrum of dance and movement disciplines.

FMI: Contact: Laura Faure 207-786-6381,  bdfpress@bates.edu

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