Jan. 28, 2004
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will visit the Rose Lehrman Arts Center at Harrisburg Area Community College to present The Flight Project, on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30pm. The program is an evening of new dances celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright brothers, born in Dayton, Ohio. This event is sponsored by Harrisburg International Airport. The media sponsor is WITF TV.

The Flight Project performance at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center will feature new dance pieces created by some of the most exciting and innovative modern dance choreographers working today. Our program will include: "On the Wings of Angels," by Warren Spears, "Aerodigm," by Bebe Miller, "and before...," by Bill T. Jones and "Sets and Chasers," by Kevin Ward. In The Flight Project, these choreographers use dance and movement to explore the concepts and principles of "flight" and what they mean in contemporary society.

"From the mythic flight of Icarus to the momentous walk on the moon, flight has played a profound role in the history of thought and invention," says DCDC Artistic Director Kevin Ward. "Man has sought to be free of earthly restraint, to ascend to higher heights, reaching for what lies beyond. What better way to celebrate the triumph and dreams of flight than through the art of dance and with DCDC!"

Founded in 1968 by Dayton, Ohio native, the late Jeraldyne Blunden, DCDC is a repertory modern dance company rooted in the African American experience. The oldest modern dance company in Ohio, DCDC holds the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of classic works created by African American choreographers. DCDC has won national and international acclaim and is renowned for powerfully moving performances, virtuosic dancing and excellence in educational and outreach programming.

Mrs. Blunden began to build DCDC's outstanding repertoire early in the Company's history with works by master choreographers such as Eleo Pomare, Alvin Ailey, Ulysses Dove, Merce Cunningham, Donald McKayle, and Talley Beatty. Today, DCDC continues to acquire new works by contemporary choreographers including the previously mentioned choreographers and Dwight Rhoden, Doug Varone, Shapiro and Smith, and Ronald K. Brown.

DCDC dancers will conduct residency activities on Monday, February 16th, including a career talk for college Humanities students at 10am on the Wildwood Campus of HACC and a modern dance master class at the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory from 6:30-8pm. Registration is required for the master class and the fee per participant is $15. Contact the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory at (717) 561-4600 for registration and information.

DCDC will present The Flight Project on Tuesday, February, 17 at 7:30pm in the theatre of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center, HACC. Tickets are $29 adult/$22 senior citizen and student. Box Office phone (717) 231-ROSE (7673).

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