LOWELL —They perform with artistry, physicality, wit and creativity.

SoMar Dance Works will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a retrospective sampler of its best solo and duet works Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Lovell Brick Church for the Performing Arts.

In addition, the company, along with musician and composer David Sturtevant, will premiere “Dis-ease, a Coming-Out Party,” a piece exploring bipolar illness.

Far from preachy, the new work explores its topic with humor and originality. Some of its songs include “The BiPolar Bounce,” “The Talking 36-Year Blues,” “Can You Take It As Directed?,” “Spinning My Wheels” and “The Diagnostic Tango.” The music and dance is intended to be both entertaining and enlightening as it brings mental illness out of the closet.

SoMar Dance Works features the choreography of co-directors and dancers Solveig and Mark Santillano, seasoned performers who have danced worldwide. Solveig, daughter of Art and Ruth Olsen, summer residents of Sweden, Maine, and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Dance, has danced with the acclaimed MOMIX Modern Dance Company in New York City.  Mark has danced with the equally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre and also with Dance Kaleidoscope and the national tour of “Chorus Line.” Both dancers also are assistant professors at Mercyhurst College.

Solveig and Mark’s choreography has been performed by the San Diego Civic Dance Company, Instinct Dancecorps, Playhouse Dance Company, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, Zodiaque Dance Company, the School of Performing Arts of New Milford, Erie Dance Conservatory, Lake Erie Ballet, the Mercyhurst Dancers, MOMIX and Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Tickets (at the door) are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.The Brick Church for the Performing Arts is on Christian Hill Road, just off Route 5. For more information, call 925-2792 or go to www.lovellbrickchurch.org or www.freewebs.com/somardanceworks.


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