LEWISTON – The Bates College Modern Dance Company will present work by five visiting choreographers this weekend.

The five visiting choreographers featured in this annual fall concert are Alison Oakes, a Bates graduate and now a faculty member at Iona College; Felice Wolfzahn, a regular guest teacher at Bennington, Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges; Larry Keigwin, a choreographer who has taken part in several Bates Dance Festivals; Diane McCarthy, whose teaching credits include the Mark Morris Dance School, in Brooklyn; and Shamou of Portland who is also a percussionist and composer.

Yuzo Yamasaki, a Bates senior from Japan, and Bates dance program director Carol Dilley also have work among the nine dances on the program.

The dances include Wolfzahn’s “Demanding Meredith,” Oakes’ “Dusk,” Keigwin’s “Female Portraits No. 3,” McCarthy’s “As If” and Shamou’s “Step Into.” These dances feature at least nine dancers, and as many as 14.

The program also has four installments of the “Between” series, featuring between one and four performers and choreographed by Dilley, Bates staffer Marlo Welsh and Yamazaki.

Oakes has presented her work at Merce Cunningham Theater, Columbia University and Iona College, all in New York City. Wolfzahn has taught and performed in universities and dance centers in the United States and Europe for 18 years.

Keigwin has choreographed and performed for Broadway, off-Broadway and numerous dance companies, including his own Keigwin + Company and Keigwin Kabaret.

His choreography has been presented by the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, California Institute of the Arts and other venues around the country.

McCarthy has performed, taught and choreographed throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Trained at Berklee College of Music, Shamou teaches drumming techniques as well as rhythmic studies in world music, music theory and vocal music.

Dilley, the artistic director of the Bates Modern Dance Company, has performed, choreographed and taught internationally for nearly 20 years.

For more information, people may go online to www.bates.edu/boxoffice or call (207) 786-6161.


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