LEWISTON -- Award-winning dancer-choreographer Bebe Miller and her company return to the Bates Dance Festival to celebrate 25 years of dancemaking with the retrospective performance "A History" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in Bates College's Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.
Miller's newest work centers on the nuanced, decade-long dancing relationship between company veterans Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones. Incorporating video by Lily Skove and an accompanying installation by Maya Ciarrocchi, "A History" shifts the focus from performance to process, sharing with audiences what dancemaking feels like, sounds like and thinks like. Exploring the unruly edges of heart and mind, Miller has created a unique physical language that fully expresses the complexities of the human condition.
The following week brings the annual "Musicians' Concert," an evening of eclectic international sounds performed by composer- accompanists affiliated with the festival, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St.
Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe.
Miller tickets are $25 for the general public, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. "Musicians' Concert" admission is $15 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online; by phone at 207-786-6161 from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; or by mail or in person. Learn more at batesdancefestival.org/ tickets.php.
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