LEWISTON – Choreography created by students and visiting artist Kellie Lynch will be showcased in a Bates College dance concert Saturday, Oct. 4.

Besides work by Lynch, one of four choreographers working with Bates dancers this fall, the concert features a dance in the classical Indian form called Bharatanatyam, a new duet created by Bates students and the reprise of a student work created last spring.

Among the Bates students performing in the concert is first-year student Kristen Gavin of Lewiston.

Taking place during the college’s annual parents and family weekend, the event is open to the public at no cost.

Lynch is working with 11 students in a Bates repertory performance class on a piece titled “What If I Don’t Want To.” The piece will be shown this weekend as a work in progress and performed with full costumes and lighting design in November.

Abritee Dhal, a junior from Westford, Mass., will perform a piece in the Bharatanatyam genre she learned during the summer with her teacher, Ranjani Saigal.

Marlee Weinberg, a junior from Tampa, Fla., and Jake Lewis, a senior from Katonah, N.Y., will offer a duet created for this performance, influenced by Weinberg’s summer at the Bates Dance Festival and Lewis’ introduction last year to contact improvisation.

Barbara Byers, a junior from Elkins, W.Va., will show a piece she created last spring, accompanied by her own accordion music.

Lynch works with choreographer-dancer Ariel Cohen Gonzalez in the two-woman company Slipperyfish dance. She currently dances in New Haven, Conn., with Nazorine Ulysse & Dancers and Bronwen MacArthur’s MacArthur Dance Project. She is also a member of Heidi Henderson’s elephant JANE dance.

The dance concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St. For more information, call 786-6161 or visit www.bates.edu/boxoffice.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.