Trajectory Dance Project In Concert

Published Thursday, November 08th, 2012

BALTIMORE PREMIERE

Trajectory Dance Project, a new Baltimore-based dance ensemble housed at Coppin State University, is presenting its Baltimore premiere concert at The Baltimore Museum of Art on November 10, 2012. The concert features works by artistic director Alice Howes that are performed by the nine-member ensemble, which includes both professional dancers from the Baltimore community and Coppin State University advanced dance majors. Trajectory Dance Project members are Valerie Branch, Melinda Blomquist, Kiara Davis, Alice Howes, Frances James, Caitlin McAfee, Sarah Joy Stallsmith, Mari Travis and Alicia Williams.

Howes' choreography focuses on the human condition: ideas of community and isolation, social justice, and the struggle to maintain relationships despite adversity.  Howes' work also strives to express the often-neglected joyous quality inherent in movement. Although completely contemporary, the work harks back to the early days of modern dance when profound human expressivity was paramount.

This concert features two new works: one a text-and-movement collaboration and the other a piece performed to live music. "The Body is Not an Apology" is a new work inspired by and performed to the powerful spoken word poem of the same name by Sonya Renee, Baltimore's premier female spoken-word artist. The concert also features "Mirror" – a work performed to the live music of the Baroque music ensemble Sarabande.

Trajectory Dance Project's offerings also include "Sleight of Hand," an investigation of gestural movement that expands to fill the stage with exciting and complex travelling patterns; and "Exile", a new work that explores shifting allegiances in an atmosphere of desperation.  In addition, Trajectory Dance Project is pleased to present performances by guest artists based in the Baltimore area, including Common Ground Dance Company, who will perform Melinda Blomquist's quartet "Seeking".

For more information and reservations, please contact Trajectory Dance Project director Alice Howes at ahowes@coppin.edu or call (410) 571-6880.