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 MOMENTUM THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

 Momentum Dance Company celebrates thirty-five years of dance with a progam that will take you from laughter, to tears, to serene spirituality. Artistic Director Delma Iles will premiere two new works and the company will perform selections from repertory carefully selected from thirty-five years of creative output!

Guest Artists Dr. Alan Ngim, piano, and Anne Chicheportiche, violin,  collaborate with Delma Iles in the World Premiere of Gold Falling Through Water. They will play French composer Gabriel Faure's exquisie, and deeply romantic, Sonata in A Major for violin and piano. Iles weaves lush and dark images together in a work that moves from rhapsodic to implied violence. "The world is so threatening right now" explains Iles. "In this work I take my revenge through beauty. Faure's music is passionate to the point of obsession, but with delicate, moving rays of light. It is the perfect score for Gold Falling Through Water."

 Monkeybone cracks open the door to Iles' darker side in a diptych of character portraits - but the characers are not particularly nice. "They stink, both literally and metaphorically", says Iles. A n'er-do-well sneak trips through a series of smarmy moves. A beaten up, magical, transgender gypsy with a few ballet moves gambles with the dark side. "I think that this is my doppelgagner" confides Delma Iles.

Dido, last season's audience favorite, delves into the passions of classical antiquity, with an emotional study of Virgil's anti-heroine, Dido. Abandoned by her lover, she twists like a flame amongst anger, despair, and terrible grief, under a veil that covers the entire stage. Set to Dido's final aria from Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, this solo for Momentum veteran dancer Barbie Freeman challenges the connections between emotion and physicality.

Handel Concerto, which Iles createdat age 25, appeared on Momentum's very first concert performance. It is a joyful celebration of movement that demands great speed and musicality from the dancers. "I really wanted to include this work from Momentum's very first concert now at our thirty-fifth anniversary" explains Iles. "I think it has stood the test of time rather well."

Shadows and Accumulations II premiered in 1992 and is one of the most difficult works in the repertory to dance. Two dancers move in silence as the steps accumulate and de-accumulate, folding two different dances into one. The choreography is technically demanding, and made more so because the dancers have no music to unite them. "This work is quite open-ended" observes Iles, "it's open to interpretation." 

 These performances have been made possible in part with support from: the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affaies and the Board of County Commissioners, the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, WLRN Public Radio, and the Epstein Foundation.