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Love and hope in New York City, as interpreted by Harford Dance Theatre

Love and hope in New York City, as interpreted by Harford Dance Theatre
Evelyn and James, the main characters in "Kinetic Canvas: Edward Hopper," dance happily before he leaves for the war effort. (Courtesy of Lauren Ciambruschini,)

Harford Dance Theatre is presenting an original dance-theater production, "Kinetic Canvas: Edward Hopper," that tells a timeless yet unique story of love and hope set in New York City before and during World War II.

It is inspired by the 1940s America portrayed in the stunning paintings of iconic American artist Edward Hopper.

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The performance is Friday, July 24 at 8 p.m. in the Chesapeake Theater at Harford Community College. There will be an informal pre-show discussion on Edward Hopper and the historical inspiration for the dance production, starting at 7 p.m. with Jeffery Ball, associate professor of visual, performing and applied arts at Harford Community College. Tickets are $15 to $20 and are available online at tickets.harford.edu or in person at the HCC Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center. For further information, or to order tickets by phone using a credit card, call 443-412-2211.

"We are so excited about our new format and the weaving together of the performing and visual arts. I believe it is a beautiful statement and that dance, art and theater enthusiasts will fully enjoy the production, while there is a universal message everyone can connect to," Jordan Williams, Harford Dance Theatre Company manager, said.

The entire production is very Americana, including a Rosie the Riveter piece and a baseball dance number, she said.

The goal of the Kinetic Canvas series is to weave together the performing and visual arts by featuring both forms in one production.

The original story line, each piece of choreography and the set and costume designs were fully inspired by the artwork of Hopper, Williams said.

Ball's presentation on the artist, his most famous works and the time period in which he painted will give audience members further insight into the production's theme and inspiration, she said.

Patrons who remember Harford Dance Theatre's "Oona" from last year, can expect the same high level of artistic choreography and dancing, according to Williams.

Directed again by Lauren Carnesi, Kinetic Canvas also features exceptional choreography from Alexa Conway, Liz Fink and Leslie Perry. Fink joins Dustin Kimball from Bowen McCauley Dance as featured guest artists, further expanding the diversity of talent represented in HDT's production.

The HCC Special Events & Performances Calendar is made possible by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts; grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; and grants from other federal and state agencies.

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