BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will present “Our Little Sunbeam” performed by a Seattle-based dance-theater company, 33 Fainting Spells, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

“Our Little Sunbeam” is a dance-theater “collision” of Anton Chekhov, the U.S. space program and a host of other sources, says a spokesman for the department.

Performers career through Chekhov’s rarely produced tragedy “Ivanov” and original pop and rap music. They pit the everyday despair of Chekhov’s script against the ecstasy of American astronauts when they saw Earth from space for the first time in history.

Special guest Linas Phillips, an emerging figure in New York’s experimental theater and underground comedy circles, joins 33 Fainting Spells’ Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson for the performance.

Founded in 1994 by choreographers Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson (no relation), 33 Fainting Spells is devoted to making original new work in dance theater and dance film.

Hanson and Hanson have received numerous grants for their collaborative work, are two-time Alpert Award nominees and received the Artist Trust’s Choreography Fellowship in 1997.

Phillips, a New York-based performer, has been seen recently at LaMaMa, Galapagos and other New York area venues. His latest work was featured on Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series in November 2003.

Tickets are free and available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk, by calling (207) 725-3375.

or at the door.


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