The University Record, September 28, 1992

Guest Artist Series brings 3 dance companies here

From the Dance Department

The Dance Department’s Fifth Annual Guest Artist Series will feature three visiting companies in October.

The series leads off Sunday (Oct. 4) with “Dance & Film,” an evening of movement and film animation, created and performed by choreographer/dancer Lorn MacDougal and cinematographer/composer/dancer Alain Le Razer.

The program offers an unusual and highly visual theater in which two artists integrate their solo and duo performances with large-scale projections of animated film, extending the stage with further dimensions of space, image, color and rhythm.

The Philippe Saire Dance Company from Switzerland will perform Oct. 13–14. The seven-member group was founded in 1986 and has produced several full-evening works and toured extensively in Europe, South America and the United States.

Their program here will be “The Life and Morals of a Night Chameleon,” inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The romantic entanglements of the four young lovers in the forest are a springboard for a look at modern attitudes toward love.

Sharon Lowen, a leading performer of Odissi, will be here Oct. 22, accompanied by three musicians from India.

Odissi, a classical form of Indian dance featuring elaborate grace and lyrical charm, evolved out of spiritual consciousness and formed an essential part of ritualistic services in the important shrines of Orissa in eastern India. The rounded curves and postures typical of the form resemble the exquisite sculptures of the great Orissan temples.

All performances are at 8 p.m. in Studio A Theater in the Dance Building. Seating is limited to 120 persons. Tickets, $8 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens, can be purchased in advance at the Dance Building, 1310 N. University Court, adjacent to the Central Campus Recreation Building. For information, call 763-5460.