Two companies collaborate for 'Color Me Dance' ANNE ARUNDEL DIVERSIONS


Ann Brown, founder and artistic director of the Chesapeake Dance Theatre, has spent seven years establishing herself as one of this area's most creative choreographers.

Employing the innovative approach to children's dance pioneered by her aunt, Virginia Tanner, Mrs. Brown has sparked the creative process in hundreds of young minds and bodies by encouraging youngsters to take a direct role in designing their own patterns of movement.

But the choreographer is about to don a new leotard and become an impresario of the dance.

On May 21 and 22, two dance companies will join at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center under Mrs. Brown's auspices. At 7:30 p.m. May 21, and at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 22, the Chesapeake Dance Theatre will join Kinetics, a professional modern dance company that calls the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City home.

Kinetics is under the direction of Dorothy Fried. Luke Loy and David Miller, dancers known here as members of Edward Stewart's Ballet Theater of Annapolis, also perform with the ensemble.

The two companies will be performing dance sequences designed by seven choreographers in this recital, titled "Color Me Dance."

From the youngsters of both troupes, audiences will see "For Example. . . ," a piece in which the dancers are covered by cloth bags and assume a host of inventive forms, many of them reminiscent of Gumby.

"Mini Mini Lights," performed in darkness, is suggestive of the dancing lights of Christmas, while "Hush Puppies," said Mrs. Brown, "is a wacky piece complete with one-shoed kids and a live dog".

Four of Mrs. Brown's children -- Graham, 13, Ginger, 11, Jessica, 9, and Molly, 8 -- will perform in "Color Me Dance".

Chesapeake Dance Theatre's adult company will perform a piece designed by Amanda Thom-Woodson of the Goucher College dance faculty. Fans of Baroque music will be pleased with "Vivaldi Concertos," a graceful sequence set to the music of that prolific Italian composer.

Mrs. Brown said she is particularly pleased that the Kinetics junior ensemble will be dancing "Obliquities," which she choreographed while a student at the University of Utah. Set to live improvised music for percussion and flute, the selection has been performed all over the world by numerous dance troupes. But this time, things will be a little bit different.

"When I first designed this, the dancers were older than I was," Mrs. Brown said. "But the real fun now is that I'm teaching it to talented 15-year-olds whose mothers are younger than I am!"

For ticket information, call 280-2873.

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