PORTLAND — Ten Maine dancers including Bates College faculty will perform the world premiere of a piece by the San Francisco duo Alternativa at 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.

The pairing of dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf and electronic musician Albert Mathias, Alternativa is acclaimed for visceral, dynamic and experimental investigations into ineffable aspects of the human condition. At Space, Hermesdorf and Mathias will also perform their work “apparition.”

Rachel Boggia, assistant professor of dance at Bates and a performer in the new piece, commissioned the work with support from the Bates College Faculty Development Fund.

The other dancers are Carol Dilley, associate professor of dance and director of dance at Bates; Charlotte Griffin, assistant professor of dance at Bowdoin College; Amanda Hamp, faculty fellow in dance at Colby College; Charlaine Katsuyoshi, formerly of the touring production of “The Lion King” and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company;

Also, Annie Kloppenberg, assistant professor of theater and dance at Colby College; Meredith Lyons, admissions director of the Bates Dance Festival; Betsy Miller, a lecturer at Providence College; Audrey Ouelette, an Auburn-based dancer and educator; and Jessamyn Schmidt, who teaches dance at the University of Southern Maine.

They describe “apparition” as “a dance of, with, for and by ghosts, in possession and transmission. Live music and video generate an ongoing reconstruction of body, time and space.”

The artistic director of Alternativa, Hermesdorf is an award-winning dance artist, teacher, improviser and choreographer. She has been a member of Bebe Miller Company, has worked with Sara Shelton Mann and Contraband since 1993 and has collaborated with Stephanie Maher in Berlin since 2000. She is a member of the Bates Dance Festival faculty.

Mathias has been creating music for movement since 1991. A regular presence at the Bates Dance Festival, he is a multi-disciplinary musician who provides accompaniment, composition and sound design for stage, CD and film, as well as solo performance works. In 2006 Mathias received a New York “Bessie” award for his work on Bebe Miller’s “Landing/Place.” He is also the primary percussionist for international touring/recording artists LiveHuman, an improvisation-based trio.

Boggia is a choreographer, performer, videographer and video editor. This project with Alternativa, she said, “was born out of connections made at the Bates Dance Festival. I met Kathleen and Albert my first summer at the festival, when I was right out of school. They totally entranced me and I’ve been looking for a way to work with them ever since.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to bring together this amazing group of dancers from our area to work with them, and to have the rare opportunity to perform for our home community.”

Admission is $8 via bit.ly/bates-alternativa or $10 at the door. For more information, call 207-828-5600.


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