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Wylliams / Henry Danse Theatre

http://www.wylliams-henry.org

Wylliams / Henry
Contemporary Dance Company

September 2007 White Recital Hall

View Slide Show: Sept 2007

Fall Season 2007 September 13th, 14th & 15th at 8pm (Dress on the 12th)
White Recital Hall Performing Arts Center 4949 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64110 Map
Tickets: $24, $18 & $15 (Student & Seniors)
For more information and tickets call (816) 235-6222 - tickets online

Althought thursday attendance was a bit sparse friday and saturday saw almost all the 600-seat White Recital Hall's seats filled. On saturday the audience had to fight a parking-lot re-surfacing project and many had to park blocks away. Even so, White filled up

It is really a delightful production. (This was) An easy recommendation for one of this area's world famous modern dance companies.

Program: Listing in Show Order

Mary Marshall, Holly DeWitt, Christina Mowrey, DeeAnna Hiet
Mary Marshall, Holly DeWitt, Christina Mowrey, DeeAnna Hiett

Variations

Choreography: MIlton Myers
Music:William Catanzaro
Costume Design: Milton Myers
Costume Construction: Judy McElroy
Dancers: DeeAnna Hiett, Holly DeWitt, Mary Marshall, Christina Mowrey

"Showcases the technical prowess of the dancers in an energetic competition in which the dancers perform a series of check and check-mate moves." - WHCDC

 Holly DeWitt, Joseph Pilgram
Holly DeWitt, Joseph Pilgram

As One

Choreography: Paula Weber
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Costume Design: Paula Weber
Costume Construction: Lisa Choules
Dancers: Holly DeWitt, Joseph Pilgram

"A contemporary ballet by Assistant Director Paula Weber to the beautiful music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In the classical duet, the dancers move together and move apart but dance as one." - WHCDC

 Terrence Greene, Mary Marshall, Joe Pilgram Christina Mowrey, (back) Holly DeWitt, Torens Johnson
Terrence Greene, Mary Marshall, Joe Pilgram Christina Mowrey, (back) Holly DeWitt, Torens Johnson

To Have And To Hold

Choreography: Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith
Music: Commissioned Score by Scott Killen
Costume Design: Shapiro and Smith
Costume Construction: Laura Powell
Dancers: Holly DeWitt, Terrence Greene, Torens Johnson, Mary Marshall, Christina Mowrey, Joseph Pilgram

A (very active) Meditation on Life and Death, not to mention a hazardous piece to perform.

http://www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
Memorium for Danial Shapiro: http://www.danceinsider.com/f2006/f1011_1.html

Joe Pilgram, DeeAnna Hiett, Holly DeWitt
Joe Pilgram, DeeAnna Hiett, Holly DeWitt

Havoc

Choreography: Bill T. Jones
Music: John Bergamo
Costume Design: Bill T. Jones, Paula Weber
Costume Construction: Laura Powell, Judy McElroy
Dancers: DeeAnna Hiett, Holly DeWitt, Terrence Greene, Christina Mowrey, Joseph Pilgram

"A fusion of ballet, primitive, and post-modern movement inspired by the Chinese opera 'A Monkey Raises Havoc in Heaven." - WHCDC

Torens Johnson, Rodni Williams
Torens Johnson, Rodni Williams

Bound To ...

Choreography: DeeAnna Hiett
Music: John Depenyo
Costume Design: DeeAnna Hiett
Costume Construction: Judy McElroy
Dancers: Torens Johnson, Mary Marshall, Christina Mowrey, Joseph Pilgram, Rodni WIlliams

"A world premiere by DeeAnna Hiett to the dramatic music of John Deping. This sculptural abstract work for four dancers explores the meaning of the phrase 'bound to'. Everyone is bound to something, a relationship, an evil, an emotion...?" - WHCDC

DeeAnna Hiett, Torens Johnson
DeeAnna Hiett, Torens Johnson - (28 thumbnail pages)

Sweet Otis Suite

Choreography: Mary Pat Henry
Music: Otis Redding
Costume Design: Kate Mincer
Costume Construction: Judy McElroy, Laura Powell
Dancers:

"Sitting On The Dock of the Bay"
Torens Johnson

"These Arms Of Mine"
Matthew Carney, Christina Mowrey

"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
DeeAnna Hiett, Torens Johnson

"Mr. Pitiful"
Matthew Carney,Torens Johnson, Joseph Pilgram, Rodni Williams

"I Can't Turn You Loose"
Matthew Carney, Holly DeWitt, Terrence Greene, DeeAnna Hiett, Torens Johnson, Mary Marshall, Christina Mowrey, Joseph Pilgram

"Shake"
Holly DeWitt, Terrence Greene, DeeAnna Hiett, Torens Johnson, Mary Marshall, Christina Mowrey, Joseph Pilgram, Rodni Williams

"A company premier to the soulful vocals of legendary artist Otis Redding. Touching on the emotions of love, loss and yearning, this full company work captures the mercurial experiences of the heart that brings us both joy and sorrow." - WHCDC

 

On "Sweet Otis Suite"
Here is a lift from Nicole English's article on the origins of the Otis Redding piece.

The timing of the premiere was poetic, yet fitting, since this is the 40th anniversary of Otis Redding’s' untimely death (Dec. 10th, 1967) in a plane crash at age 26, just before the release of his best-known hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." It is also the 16th anniversary of the tragic death of Leni Wylliams, former UMKC faculty member and co-founder of the dance company, who was brutally murdered in his home on Sept. 13th, 1996.

The hit song was to be a solo for Leni Wylliams, as a collaborative work choreographed by Mary Pat Henry. The work was abandoned after his death, but always lingered in Henry's mind, as an important piece of business yet to finish.

For the full article go to : Leni and Otis and Mary Pat at whdt_Sep07_OtisRedding.asp

 

Various other pictures:

For more pictures from this show visit the slide show link for Sept 2007

 

DeeAnna Hiett and Holy DeWitt in
DeeAnna Hiett and Holy DeWitt in "Variations" by Milton Myers

DeeAnna Hiet and Holly DeWitt in
DeeAnna Hiet and Holly DeWitt in "Havoc" by Bill T Jones

DeeAnna Hiet (top), Joe Pilgram and Holly DeWitt in
DeeAnna Hiet (top), Joe Pilgram and Holly DeWitt in "Havoc" by Bill T Jones

Terrence Greene in
Terrence Greene in "Havoc" by Bill T Jones


Terrence Green, Mary Marshall, Joe Pilgram, Christina Mowrey and (in back) Holly DeWitt, Torens Johnson

Holly DeWitt and Joe Pilgram in
Holly DeWitt and Joe Pilgram in "As One" by Paula Weber

Torens Johnson and Rodni Williams in
Torens Johnson and Rodni Williams in "Bound To" by DeeAnna Hiett

DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in Sweet Otis Suite by Mary Pat Henry
DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in Sweet Otis Suite by Mary Pat Henry - from dress, see friday above for comparison

 

(front to back) Christina Mowrey, Matthew Carney, Holly DeWitt in
(front to back) Christina Mowrey, Matthew Carney, Holly DeWitt in "Sweet Otis Suite" by Mary Pat Henry

Rodni Williams in
Rodni Williams in "Sweet Otis Suite" by Mary Pat Henry

Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett, Rodni WilliamsRodni Williams in
Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett, Rodni WilliamsRodni Williams in "Sweet Otis Suite" by Mary Pat Henry

Christina Mowrey and Rodni Williams in
Christina Mowrey and Rodni Williams in "Sweet Otis Suite" by Mary Pat Henry

DeeAnna Hiett in
DeeAnna Hiett in "Sweet Otis Suite" by Mary Pat Henry - behind her in order: Torens Johnson, Terrence Greene and Holly DeWitt

Rodni Williams and Matthew Carney in 'Sweet Otis Sweet'
Rodni Williams and Matthew Carney in "Sweet Otis Suite"

Rodni Williams in 'Sweet Otis Suite'
Rodni Williams in "Sweet Otis Suite"

DeeAnna Hiet in
DeeAnna Hiet in "Sweet Otis Suite"


Joe Pilgram, Holly DeWitt in "As One" by Paula Weber

Torens Johnson in 'Sweet Otis Suite' dancing to 'Sitting On The Dock of the Bay' width=
Torens Johnson in "Sweet Otis Suite" dancing to "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay"

Torens Johnson in 'Sweet Otis Suite' dancing to 'Sitting On The Dock of the Bay' width=
Torens Johnson in "Sweet Otis Suite" dancing to "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay"

Torens Johnson in 'Sweet Otis Suite' dancing to 'Sitting On The Dock of the Bay' width=
Torens Johnson in "Sweet Otis Suite" dancing to "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay"

DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in Sweet OtisSuite by Mary Pat Henry - Terrence Green and Holly DeWitt far right in back
DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in Sweet OtisSuite by Mary Pat Henry - Terrence Green and Holly DeWitt far right in back


DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in Sweet OtisSuite by MaryPatHenry
DeeAnna Hiett and Torens Johnson in "Sweet OtisSuite" by MaryPatHenry

Christina Mowrey, Rodni Williams, Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett in 'Bound To' by DeeAnna Hiett
Christina Mowrey, Rodni Williams, Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett in "Bound To" by DeeAnna Hiett

Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett in 'Bound To' by DeeAnna Hiett
Torens Johnson, DeeAnna Hiett in "Bound To" by DeeAnna Hiet
t

Rodni Williams in 'Sweet Otis Suite'
Rodni Williams in "Sweet Otis Suite"




Websites for more information:
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co. http://wylliams-henry.org/
UMKC Conservatory of Music: http://conservatory.umkc.edu/performance.asp
Conservatory's Performance Calendar http://conservatory.umkc.edu/calendarofevents.asp
Dance Events and Info in KC: http://www.KCDance.com
For Photos of Dance Concert: http://www.ArtfulDancer.com



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Cynthia Lewis, 10/9/2007
How wonderful to 'see' Torens Jouhnson in action again. I'm in Baltimore and we miss him so much! My daughter took modern and jazz dance classes from him at Towson Univ. Children's Dance Division. The hole he left is huge and it will be hard to fill. You got a gem when you persuaded him to move to Kansas and work with you. I know that he loves it but we miss him terribly. We love you Torens!


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