These teachers, in turn, taught the dances to
more than 24,000 public school girls.
Ariadne (Venus/Moon) experiences heartbreak and dances to
console her spirit, then finds the love of her life in that Spirit, so sets out as a dancing priestess across the land to free the women of the world who had forgotten passion.
For his brilliant triptych of dances to
the "difficult" music of Gyorgy Ligeti, he composed mind-stretching partnering, folding bodies together in new ways.
Tribes of the Great Plains danced to the spirits of the buffalo and the good hunt, and throughout the continent, tribes performed corn dances to
pray for a good harvest.
Across the Bay Bridge, The Mark Morris Dance Group will perform its repertory work L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il moderato September 4-7; a world premiere set to Bart6k; two pieces honoring the late composer Lou Harrison--Grand Duo and Serenade, which Morris dances to
Harrison's Serenade for Guitar; and Going Away Party, with music by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys September 12-14 at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.
The work of the BLDE varies from liturgical dances to
performance work that is religious in theme.
Over an eighty-year period, from 1774 to the 1850s, the Shakers developed a repertoire of dances ranging from spontaneous skipping, shouting, falling, and turning dances to
ordered patterns of lines, squares, and circles, performed with precise, unison hand gestures.
They'll showcase three new dances with the Queretaro Philharmonic, including a modern treatment of Stravinsky's Firebird, and dances to
two Vivaldi pieces (September 28-30, Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Santiago de Queretero, Queretero; 01-42-13-87-95 or 01-42-13-72-55 or 01-42-13-72-56).
It has added colorful and, on occasion, athletic dances to
produce a repertory of more than 200 works, integrating Western technique with Filipino movement, theme, and design.
After several years, Ryan had collected enough dances to
fill a book.