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A+B — An Evening of Contemporary Dance

December 9, 2017 · 7:30 pm9:00 pm

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The Trident Live Art Series presents the first performance at the beautiful new MAGMA performance center, across the street from Trident Gallery. We are excited to bring professional contemporary dance artists to Gloucester again—and to be able to offer them the same 1880s charm in a larger venue fully equipped with theatrical sound and lighting equipment.

This will be a terrific performance by a company of dancers from New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

The Arts Fuse editors have called out A+B as a best pick in dance this week (the two others are in Boston, one at the ICA).


$15 general admission
$10 students & seniors
available at the door and online (recommended)

The program features new work and repertory favorites by choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller, and includes two new commissioned scores by Rhode Island musician MorganEve Swain. It is the third joint venture of the two choreographers, who presented the first A+B concert in 2013 at Providence College’s Bowab Theater.

The dancers in the performance are from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York: Ali Kenner Brodsky, Betsy Miller, Meghan Carmichael, Audrey MacLean, Sasha Peterson, and Andy Russ.

Please join us!

Program Notes

Kenner Brodsky will premiere two excerpts from her new piece “MoMents of Nice…” with music composed by MorganEve Swain, as well as her playful duet, “Under the Shiny” with Andy Russ, incorporati handmade teacups by Providence ceramic artist Anna Highsmith.

In Miller’s new duet, “No Stories About Mermaids,” dancers Audrey MacLean and Sasha Peterson rove through shifting landscapes of slow, meticulous gesture and vigorous, full-bodied dance. Set to experimental music by Alvin Lucier, this piece is full of surprises that promise to both challenge and entertain viewers.

In “Who ARE You? WHERE are we?: Multiverse Edition,” Miller negotiates her roles as artist, activist, and professor through story-telling and dance. The piece is structured as a mix of stand-up comedy routine, PowerPoint presentation, and dance improvisation. Within the work, Miller offers audiences a glimpse into many humorous absurdities of the choreographic process along with a large dose of political angst. Miller will also share a short solo, “I’ve Come of Age,” premiered in 2015 and performed by Meghan Carmichael. Campy and theatrical, this humorous work provokes questions about gender, sexuality, and what it means to “come of age.”

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