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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2002
Contact: Starr Foster Dance Project
(804) 343-3612

Artspace Performance Series presents the Third Annual Choreographers Showcase

On February 8th and 9th, 2002, Artspace Performance Series will be presenting the Third Annual Choreographers Showcase. Twelve selected choreographers will be presenting new and recent works for two evenings, Friday and Saturday, at Artspace Gallery. The Showcase offers a variety performance from emerging and talented choreographers from Virginia. Both shows are at 8pm and admission is $5. Artspace Gallery is located at 6 East Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia. For more information or reservations please call Starr Foster Dance Project at (804) 343-3612 or Artspace Gallery at (804) 782-8672.

James Hansen, Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary and Artistic Director of Assemblage Dance Company, will be presenting a new solo, which examines the alienating effects of technology in contemporary society. The piece incorporates both moments of static and linear imagery, with organic flow.

Elixir, choreographed by Jill Brammer, explores the confinement of thought, body, and soul. The design and inspiration for Elixir came from Eva Hesse's minimalist sculpture work from the late 1960s, with the trio performed solely on an 8'x 8'raised platform. Brammer graduated from from the Virginia School of the Arts, gained her BFA in performance from SUNY Purchase, and received her MFA from George Mason University.

Starrene Foster, Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project, will present a new quintet, Maybe Tonight, to rare Elvis recordings. Maybe Tonight offers a humorous glance at the odd and stereotypical tendencies women share with one another behind closed doors.

Stronger, choreographed and performed by Katie Harris and Chimene Freeman, is a calloused and aggressive duet displaying two women with their defenses aroused. This piece, which includes text written by Harris, shows the human tendency toward self-protection when their emotional space is threatened. Both Harris and Freeman will graduate this Spring from Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Dance and Choreography.

William Sterling, member of the Starr Foster Dance Project and the Latin Ballet of Virginia, will perform his new solo Purge, and recent graduate of Brigham Young University, Kellie Larson will present Midnight Tao. Also to be included in the program will be Leslie Kraus, Matthew Rogers, Thandi Woodard, Betzi Heckman, and Rachael Shaw.


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