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Dances look at draw of books, animals

July 17, 2014

By Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times, Mass.

July 17--Modern dancers will perform on an outdoor stage on the wooded grounds of Windhover Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, in an event that has become a summer tradition on Cape Ann.

This summer, Windhover, located in Rockport, presents Forty Steps Dance and Sarah Slifer Swift in its summer dance concert, this Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, with shows at 8 p.m.

Forty Steps will perform "Creatures," described as an otherworldly dance tribute that is full of animal magnetism. The work wowed the sold-out audience at the Spring Dance Concert at Nahant Town Hall.

Sallee Slagle, the troupe's artistic director and choreographer, said she hopes the work will spark an affinity for nature among the Cape Ann audience as well.

"We all have a connection to nature, but in our busy lives, we rarely have time to observe and engage," she said.

The dance company also will perform "Accord," a popular work created by Slagle in 1992 and returned to the repertory for its 20th anniversary season last year.

Gloucester'sSarah Slifer Swift will present two works, the premiere of "Insenser" and a dance called "Invisible Stories."

The dance "Insenser" is named after an National Security Agency surveillance system, and is a look at the "human response to watching, being watched, and becoming data," according to a press release.

The dance "Invisible Stories" is a collaboration between Swift and Vermont-based writer and choreographer Kate Tarlow Morgan.

"This piece is based on the idea that the book, open or closed, occupies the inner and outer landscapes in which we live. The book is a place, a body of matter and manifestation, and it is also endangered," according to the release.

As part of the "Invisible Stories" performance, an installation for one of the Windhover buildings will be on display at the start of each evening.

Outdoor modern dance performances

What and who: "Creatures, Surveillance & Books," featuring dances from Forty Steps Dance and Sarah Slifer Swift.

When: Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, , at 8 p.m.

Where: Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257 Rear Granite St. in Rockport.

How much: $25 general admission; $18 students and seniors; children under 10 free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at, or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport or The Bookstore of Gloucester. For more information, visit


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