Evening of New Dances, Familiar Faces at RDC

Rockford Dance Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary season Oct. 18 with New Dances, Familiar Faces, choreographed by three prestigious dancers, including alumna Karen Graham, who currently dances with David Gordon’s Pick-up Performance Company in New York. RDC Artistic Director Margaret Faust will also premier her work Fragments, which is performed to the music of Keith Emerson. Faust’s work is described as merely “contemporary,” which should fit in with the theme of the event. Her dance has not been seen in Rockford since 1998, and it will be a great opportunity to see Fragments if you missed it last time. Without Shoes Modern Dance Company’s Artistic Director Maria Castello will present her piece to the music of Beethoven. The great thing about the RDC is its continuous commitment to the education and performance of classical ballet, while they have no fear of plunging into modern dance methods and styles, and even fuse the two concepts together. Castello, originally from Argentina, will present a new dance for the company inspired by statues in the botanical gardens in Buenos Aires. A modern work performed to classical music, Castello’s dance should be moving and passionate if Beethoven’s music is involved. Karen Graham returns to the Rockford stage after dancing her way through the Big Apple. She has won the prestigious Bessie Award for her work in the dance field, and this is the second time she has worked with RDC since 1995. It is impressive, to say the least, that she will present her work here in town. Celebrate the RDC’s 30th birthday by attending New Dances, Familiar Faces at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre, Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission and make sure you stick around for the post-concert Birthday Bash to speak with the dancers and choreographers. There will be a display of artwork featuring RDC dancers and costumes dating back 30 years, and there is a $10 entrance charge. For more information about the event or RDC, call 963-3341.

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