LEWISTON — Coming next to the Bates Dance Festival are the popular Musicians’ Concert and a pair of performances exploring changing times in South Africa and China.

The annual Musicians’ Concert brings together skilled artists from the dance festival’s corps of composer-performers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.

Two days later, Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe explores the impacts of South African urbanization in his dance “Skwatta,” and Yin Mei looks back at China’s Cultural Revolution in “DIS/oriented: Antonioni in China.” Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, in Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, 329 College St.

Tickets to the Musicians’ Concert cost $15 for the general public, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. Admission for Mantsoe and Mei is $25 for the general public, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207-786-6381 from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, by mail or in person. Learn more at http://batesdancefestival.org/tickets.php.

Mantsoe and Mei hold a free Show & Tell lecture-demonstration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The dancers also hold question-and-answer sessions following their evening performances. Dance writer Debra Cash precedes the Aug. 2 performance with an Inside Dance lecture at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer.

For more information, visit: http://batesdancefestival.org/EventNotes/Mantsoe_YinMei14.html, and http://batesdancefestival.org/EventNotes/musicians14.html

Musicians’ Concert

Thoughtful, playful and profound sounds take center stage when these extraordinary composers known for collaborations with dancers perform original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe.

The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, Adam Crawley and Shamou, whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composer-pianists Peter Jones and Carl Landa; tabla master Rajesh Bhandari; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.


South Africa’s best-loved choreographer returns to Bates this summer with an enthralling new solo, “Skwatta,” a dance born from his alarm at the increase in informal settlements around his mother’s East Rand home as urbanization clogs South Africa’s cities.

Sinewy and fluid, Mantsoe shape-shifts as if channeling ancestral spirits through a contemporary dance language that fuses his own cultures of Pedi and Shangaan with Asian and Aboriginal influences.


This Chinese choreographer delves into childhood memories of growing up during the Cultural Revolution in her profound solo “DIS/oriented: Antonioni in China.” The piece takes the form of a dance-theater “conversation” with Michelangelo Antonioni’s seldom-seen 1972 documentary portraying everyday life in China, “Chuon Kuo Cina,” which was not shown in China until 2004.

As a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong she choreographed “The Seven Sages of Bamboo Grove” for the Hong Kong Dance Company in collaboration with director Jay Scheib, and the opera “Nixon in China” at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, with director Chen Shi-Zheng.

For more information, visit batesdancefestival.org.

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