Emotionally Charged Dance
Dancer Amira Kremers adopts a Patti Smith attitude.
Release date: 19/05/2012
Human relationships proved a central thread in the ‘End of Year Show’ performed by contemporary dancers at Dundee College.
The highlight of the performing year saw more than 100 students from NQ contemporary dance, first and second year HND programme and the Degree course demonstrating their skills.
“This show always proves to be amazing as the dancers and choreographers demonstrate the highest skill level to make the final performance one to remember,” said Lee Lappin, senior lecturer.
“Not only is it the biggest performance of the year, but each year the final dance show tends to have a certain emotional charge.
“Some students will be bidding The Space goodbye in just a matter of weeks – some of whom have been studying here for four years and building up relationships and friendships.”
The forging and unpredictable nature of relationships was central to one piece of work performed under the auspices of lecturer Tom Pritchard.
Inspired by the godmother of punk, Tom choreographed an ensemble piece for 17 degree dance students using the music of Patti Smith’s seminal album, Horses.
At the heart of this piece is the singer-songwriter’s unconventional love affair with controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Meanwhile, the HND students invested their energies in exploring relationships and the wall that people build up to protect themselves from each other.
Choreographed by Laura Scott, this piece involved dancers sporting specially-created leotards with straitjacket-like arms and various ties which intimate the attachments made between people or the more sinister entrapment that can occur in relationships.