GARDINER -On May 21 and 22, Common Company will bring contemporary choreographers from across Maine and Montreal to Gardiner to perform new works in a new program called Foot and Mouth. The 8 p.m. show will be held at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., Gardiner.

Established Maine choreographers Louis Gervais (Portland), Nancy Salmon (Freeport) and Alan Day (South Paris) will be performing, as will emerging choreographers Hope Hoffman (Bowdoinham), Luna Allison (Montreal), and Sara Nics (Augusta). The show also includes improvisational choral music from Improvox, led by Martin Swinger (Augusta).

Billed as “a tonic to cure all ills” the show encompasses a wide range of themes, from comments on the current political atmosphere to the potential for human evolution, to personal contemplations of the nature of marriage. The works are funny, touching, and brave. In two structured improvisational pieces the highly-skilled songsmiths of Improvox will create on-the-spot soundscapes. They will also have a chance to perform on their own, when their playful improvisation will take centre stage.

Common Company’s director, Sara Nics, said the show may be the first of its kind for Central Maine. “This work is really innovative and exploratory,” she said. “From Louis Gervais’s beautiful, transcendent work about the potential for human evolution, to Hope Hoffman’s silly and surreal piece about politics and habit, the show is incredibly varied and wide-ranging.”

Foot and Mouth is the first in an annual series of dance events in central Maine. The event comes out of a desire to enrich the dance landscape in central Maine, bringing contemporary and modern dance to an area that is predominated by more traditional ballet, jazz and tap.

Tickets are $8 at the door, call 622-1578 to reserve a ticket.


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