Benita Bikes DanceArt in Concert | St. Lawrence University Performance and Communication Arts

Benita Bikes DanceArt in Concert

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Gulick Theatre

The five-­‐member DanceArt Company, a fixture on the contemporary dance scene in Los Angeles, has been presenting ageless modern dance for 35 seasons. Like a string quintet, the dancers of Benita Bike's DanceArt perform with uncommon sensitivity to one another, bringing intense beauty and vibrancy to each delicately-­‐crafted, expressive movement. The company's work is known for its elegant performance, musicality, and dramatic use of space and gesture to make sensitive observations on life.

Benita Bike's choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement.

The company has performed from the California coast to New England and abroad, bringing concert dance and unique interactive outreach performances to audiences large and small.

Benita Bike's DanceArt is known for its innovative dance outreach programming along with its elegant performance and dramatic use of space and gesture to make sensitive observations on life. Benita's choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement.

"Renaissance 5," a dancey quintet infused with energy and innocence and set to bawdy 16th century drinking music; "In the Garden," accompanied by the sounds of night and Finnish vocal music, bringing an ancient lost garden to life; and "Through the Lens," accompanied by the quirky and surprising music by Hans Reichl, Barry Hall, and John Beck. The fantastical instruments used in these compositions are made from various non-­‐standard materials, and the movement that this music inspires is completely surprising. "Southern Memories" is a poignant, dramatic and energetic trio set to old traditional tunes from the Southern United States. "For Rose" is a duet detailing the complex relationship Benita Bike had with her 88-­‐year-­‐old mother who passed away in early May 2015.