FALMOUTH — The Maine State Ballet’s second annual Choreographer’s Showcase on Thursday and Friday, July 15-16, will feature original works by 15 regional choreographers with dancers from the MSB, Morita’s School of Dance, Neoteric Dance Collaborative, The Ballet School and The Ballroom.

Jessica Holloway, director of The Ballet School in Topsham, will bring a contemporary piece titled “Meromeni Begoo (Merrymeeting Bay).” It is inspired by aquatic life in the bay, one of six places in the world where many rivers share a delta. Holloway challenges her dancers’ versatility, she said, “to push them into a space less comfortable — in parallel, with loose limbs and moving erratically at times, asking them to generate movements, to co-create.” Local composer Anthony Serino was commissioned to create the music for the piece.

The energetic Neoteric Dance Collaborative of New Hampshire will present a powerful blend of jazz and modern dance, and two new works. NDC will perform Assistant Artistic Director Jessica Soucy’s excerpt, “Water,” from the full-piece “Elementals.” Soucy is currently exploring movement inspired by the different behaviors of water. “Water” is the first piece in a four-part series that explores the classical elements: water, air, fire and earth. “The completed piece will use a compilation of four songs inspired by each element,” said Soucy.

NDC’s second piece will be an excerpt from “Spoon River,” a dance adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology.” Choreographed by NDC Artistic Director Sarah Cost, it incorporates spoken segments of Masters’ text with original movement.

MSB company dancers Juliette Lauzier and Katie Farwell are collaborating on a modern dance piece set to rhythmic percussion music. It has an earthy feel with dynamic changes in movement.

Six other MSB choreographers will present new works in differing dance styles. The program features a tap tribute to Gene Kelly, jazz to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and classical ballet set to Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1. For tickets, $15, call 781-7672 or visit www.mainestateballet.org. Seating is limited.


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