Creativity in the
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The Department of Theatre & Dance and SANDBOX are pleased to present this year’s Dance Minor concert Dancescape on November 17 (Friday) at 7:30pm and November 18 (Saturday) at 2:00pm.  This concert will feature original works in a wide range of dance styles by Washington College students, faculty, and alumni as well as a special guest performance of Carol Hess’s multimedia LightForest (2017) by the Baltimore Dance Project. A reception will follow the matinee.

LightForest powerfully brings together experiments with dance, music, photography, technology, and the environment. Its five dancers perform amidst a ‘forest’ of tall, narrow vertical screens.  Video and still images of forests, shot and edited by Hess at different times over a year map onto the screens and create lush contexts of natural elements in varying perspectives and scales, and place the dancers within the changing seasons of nature. The varying movement qualities of the choreography combine with sound and image in a way that is both visually rich and kinetically exciting. Timothy Nohe’s evocative sound score intertwines bird sounds sampled from the Cornell Ornithology Lab with rhythmic percussion and strong, resonant, digitally composed sections.  Sound travels through the space with the dancers, who each ‘wear’ a specially designed apparatus that contains an iPod touch and small Bluetooth speaker.

The concerts will take place in Decker Theatre on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public. LightForest’s choreographer and composer will also teach a series of interdisciplinary workshops leading up to the show.  For more information, please email: sandbox@washcoll.edu.

The performances of LightForest and the workshops offered in conjunction with it are made possible by SANDBOX, the Departments of Theatre & Dance, Art + Art History, and Music as well as the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Carol Hess Biography   For over twenty years, Carol Hess has been co-Artistic Director of Baltimore Dance Project, a professional contemporary/modern dance company based at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She grew up in New York City where she trained as a dancer, and performed with modern dance companies including Hannah Kahn and Dancers, Rondo Dance Theater, DANCES/Janet Soares. She also performed solo tap dance concerts in New York and in Europe.  Her choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theater Workshop, the International Dance Workshop in Bonn, Germany, and the Flora Theater in Amsterdam, as well as in and around the Baltimore/DC area. Since the late 1990’s, much of her choreographic work has been multi-disciplinary, incorporating dance with visual media and other technologies. She is especially interested in the interaction between the live dancer and the projected image onstage, and many of her works for the stage feature the use of live camera feeds, and/or pre-recorded images. For the past four years, she has presented site-specific works for the AKIMBO Artwalk, an annual festival in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Her independent video/dance films, Site Visits (2004), and Substrata (2006) have been screened in numerous film festivals, including the 2004 and 2006 Maryland Film Festival, and the 2005 and 207 Rosebud Festival. Hess graduated from Barnard College, and holds an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She currently chairs the Dance Department at UMBC, where she has taught since 1982.

Timothy Nohe Biography  Timothy Nohe is an artist and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in daily life and public places. He was the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australian – American Fulbright Commission and an Australian – American Fulbright Commission Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant in 2011. Four Maryland State Arts Council awards have supported his work in the area of Media; New Genre and Installation/Sculpture and Music Composition, Non-Classical. In 2015 the Warnock Foundation recognized his interdisciplinary work in urban forests with a Social Innovator award. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA).

SANDBOX draws students and faculty from the Departments of Art and Art HistoryMusicDramaLiterature, the Humanities, and the Natural Sciences, and welcomes participation from other academic departments. Outreach in the form of collaborations with surrounding art museums and institutions is also an important component of this program.

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