“Measuring Time—a work evolving,” an evening of modern dance spotlighting the work of choreographer Susan Douglas Roberts and composer Gregory Biss, will be featured on Monday, August 7 at 7 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. The dancers who will appear created their performances in collaboration with Roberts, who was inspired to embark on the project after hearing Biss perform some of his compositions in homage to Robert Schumann’s Kinderzsenen a few years ago. Roberts noted, “Many aspects of Greg’s work caught my attention that evening: first and foremost the music itself. I heard it dancing!” The dances, which will be accompanied live by Biss, showcase a group of seasoned artists who are at varying phases of their stage careers. “While I have been loosely exploring this project as a way of measuring time,” said Roberts, “I have come to understand that I am also experiencing ‘prying open time,’ ‘the beauty of the in-between,’ and, to quote Robin Wall Kimmerer, ‘Maybe there is no such thing as time; there are only moments, each with its own story.’”
Dancers include Alyson Cartagena, Shu-Gi Cheng, Tina Kambour, Loretta Livingston, Jana Schneider, Mercy Sidbury, Collette Steward, Christian von Howard and Yunyu Wang. Several works choreographed for film by Schneider will also be shown.
Roberts is artistic director of wild goose chase dance, a project-based company located in Texas and Maine. Her work has been presented across the US and in Mexico, Central and South America, Taiwan, Japan, and Europe and Canada. As a dance-maker, she looks to details that bridge choreographed and lived experience, and frame choices that performing artists make on stage. Honors include Fulbright Specialist Awards to Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) and Centro de Danza e Investigación del Movimiento, Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala). Susan is Professor of Dance in the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (Fort Worth TX) and hosts artists and educators in residencies, retreats and workshops at wgcd/the landing (Columbia Falls ME.)
Compositions by Gregory Biss have been performed by the Denver Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. He has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at Summer Keys in Lubec, and operates a small business as a piano technician. He also serves on the Peavey Library Board and in currently the President of the Eastport Arts Center Board.
The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. Admission to the performance, which will be premiered on August 4 at Union Hall, Columbia Falls, then presented at Stonington Opera House on August 5, will be by donation. For more information, please visit eastportartscenter.org and wildgoosechasedance.org.