The tenth anniversary of our Viewpointe concert series celebrates the vast range of works that have been created by Harvard students over the past decade. Highlights include a medley of Alvin Ailey choreography with special guest performers from Ailey II; an intimate duet by Trey McIntyre; Jodi Leigh Allen's electrifying "Breathe;" and "They Say We Travel the Same Road," a powerful work by Elizabeth Weil Bergmann.
The OFA Dance Program celebrates the tenth anniversary season of its “Viewpointe” concert series with an evening of iconic masterworks, exciting premieres, and innovative restagings of dances created on Harvard students over the past decade.
The highlight of the evening will be a medley of works by internationally acclaimed choreographer Alvin Ailey. Special guest dancers from Ailey II Demetia Hopkins and Tyrone Walker will perform alongside Harvard students in this extraordinary collection of dances. Excerpted works include rarely seen dances as well as renowned works such as the lyrical Lark Ascending and the dramatic Blues Suite.
In celebration of the vast range of works that have been created on Harvard students over the past decade, two such works will be restaged, updated for their current casts of dynamic, talented student dancers. They Say We Travel the Same Road, by OFA Dance Director Elizabeth Weil Bergmann, is a powerful, poignant work for an all-women ensemble. Breathe, by Jodi Leigh Allen, is an electrifying, intricate investigation into the process of overcoming life’s obstacles.
The Dance Program has also commissioned a new work by innovative American choreographer Trey McIntyre. This intimate, playful duet, set to contemporary folk music, showcases the technical talent and emotional depth of Harvard’s student dancers.
The Dance Program (Office for the Arts at Harvard University), born at Radcliffe College and as of 1999 under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has been managed by the Office of the Arts since 1973. Co-curricular courses are offered by the Dance Program each term in a range of dance forms, taught by professional artists from the Boston area. In a typical academic year, the Program has 800 participants. In addition to these co-curricular courses, credit dance courses are offered through the Committee on Dramatic Arts on a rotating basis. The Dance Program hosts master teachers and eminent choreographers throughout the year. It produces two annual concerts and supports the mounting of student-led company concerts. For more information, call 617.495.8683, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/dance.
The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) supports student engagement in the arts and integrates the arts into University life. Through its programs and services, the OFA teaches and mentors, fosters student art making, connects students to accomplished artists, commissions new work, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. By supporting the development of students as artists and cultural stewards, the OFA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts are a vital part of life. For more information, call 617.495.8676, email email@example.com or visit www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu.
The Celebrity Series of Boston first introduced Boston to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1968 and has continued to present the company ever since. Over the course of 40 years, the Celebrity Series relationship with the Ailey company has grown to include residency programs in Boston-area Public Schools and the AileyCamp Boston summer program. The city connects again with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater this April 15-18 at the Citi Wang Theatre.