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       Volume 1, Number4      An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Passion Wanted

Bowen McCauley Dance
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Reviewed by George Jackson
George Jackson

Lucy Bowen McCauley tasks herself seriously. Her choreography tackles enduring music. She insists within reason of having that music live. In different dance works, she cultivates distinct worlds. The shapes of her dances are legible, steps link logically, her dancers are challenged in ways that suit their gifts and (when the music doesn't do it for her), Bowen McCauley knows when to stop. She entertains her public, and educates it just a bit. All that sounds good. There aren't many choreographers of whom one can say as much, yet I find myself waiting for more. Are there further steps for Bowen McCauley to take?
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Jane Ward Murray
29 December 1928 - 10 October 2003

Noted Baltimore teacher, writer and former dancer Jane Ward Murray died Friday, October 10, 2003.  A memorial service was held for her at Goucher College on Friday, October 17, where George Jackson read the following remarks:

Jane was one of the graces, an incarnation of a classical ideal of action, contemplation and simply being beauteous, an ideal one encounters rarely in this life. On the street or when she entered a room, people's heads would turn for Jane. "Who is that woman?" one wondered. And if one didn't know, the answer was "She must be somebody, she is somebody". This wasn't only due to her dance training. Dancers, with their turn-out and muscle stretch don't always look graceful off the stage. Not Jane. She moved with assurance, she paused with ease, and the delight she took in people brought out the best in them. One tended to answer her questions truthfully, and go on to tell her more than she'd asked about because she showed such interest and and seemed to take it all in. What did she do with those stories and confessions? Did they become a burden with time?
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What's On This Week?

George Piper Dances
Lisner Auditorium
The George Washington University
730 21st Street, NW: 202-994-6800
21-Oct-2003 at 7:30
Former Royal Ballet members Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (known as the Ballet Boyz) head a new company noted for its challenging, contemporary repertory. The London based troupe brings an eclectic array of ballets by Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, and Russell Maliphant, interspersed with their trademark film work that gives a glimpse into their "real lives" as well as life backstage.

Take Five: Out of Andalus-Celebrating Cultural Coexistence
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
Oct-21-2003 at 5:30
As part of the Center’s Take Five on Tuesdays, a series of free performances intended to make art accessible to the public, Ziva Cohen and UM dance faculty members Alvin Mayes and Nejla Y. Yatkin brings a meaningful evening of dance to life in diverse choreography that examines and celebrates cultural coexistence within the realm of humanity.

CityDance Ensemble
Terrace Theater
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW: 202-467-4600
22-Oct-2003 at 7:30
23-Oct-2003 at 7:30
CityDance Ensemble, named Dance Magazines Top 25 to Watch in 2003, opens their season with Airborne, featuring six premieres choreographed by Vladimir Angelov, Adrain Bolton, Paul Gordon Emerson, Roger C. Jeffrey, and Kristin O’Shea. Joined by returning Artist-in-Residence Rasta Thomas, this exciting two night run at the Kennedy Center promises an experience of athletic intensity that is trademark to this leading DC Company.

Groove Gumbo
Millenium Stage
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW: 202-467-4600
This eclectic fusion of artists promises to bring a unique and powerful one evening engagement in the DC Arts event newly coined as Groove Gumbo. In a performance that coalesces hip-hop, spoken word, hybrid music, and neo-soul artists, this multicultural approach to art will be a breath of fresh air to those with a taste for experimental dance.

Delilah & Sirocco
The Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion
5207 Wisconsin Ave, NW: 202-362-3042
25-Oct-2003 at 8 pm
26-Oct-2003 at 8 pm
As a component of The East Coast Visionary Belly Dancing Caravan Tour 2003, legendary Middle Eastern/American Belly dance artists Delilah (dancer) and Sirocco (musician) brings to Washington a two evening engagement of belly dance melded with the fluid lines of eastern music. Special guest dances performed by Delilah’s daughter, Laura Rose, and other guests.

Boris Willis Moves
Dance Place
3225 Eighth Street, NE: 202-269-1600
25-Oct-2003 at 8 pm
26-Oct-2003 at 7 pm
Boris Willis, long one of D.C.'s strongest dancers, now has a company, Boris Willis Moves, that "fuses dance and technology to explore 21st Century physical expression." "Enter Race" (originally performed on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in September) combines hip-hop, contact improvisation, and break dance.

—Mary Tisa



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