ecarte dance theatre to perform Saturday

DOVER — ecarte dance theatre will present its spring concert 7 p.m. Saturday in the Education/Humanities Theatre of Delaware State University.

The modern dance and contemporary ballet company will premiere six works choreographed by artistic director Judith Engelgau and ballet mistress Tricia Massey.

Opening the evening will be “Turn and Face the Strange,” a tribute to David Bowie, featuring his music from 1969 to 2015, danced by the

Members of the ecarte dance theatre include Michelle Bryan of Dover, Melani Coles of Milford, Kim Haggard of Dover, Tricia Massey of Felton and Lisa Scott of Woodside. (Solona Creative/Tracey Sanders)

Members of the ecarte dance theatre include Michelle Bryan of Dover, Melani Coles of Milford, Kim Haggard of Dover, Tricia Massey of Felton and Lisa Scott of Woodside. (Solona Creative/Tracey Sanders)

entire company, ranging in age from 4 to 68.

“Voyage” explores the excitement and nostalgia experienced when leaving home for the first time and is danced by the company’s young novices and apprentices to music from the movie “Brooklyn.”

“White Noise” is choreographed to two different versions of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.”

It is performed by senior dancers Michelle Bryan, Melani Coles, Wendy Eaby, Kim Haggard, Ms. Massey and Lisa Scott.

A selection chosen from ecarte’s recent Young Choreographers Workshop, “We Are a Secret Nobody Knows,” is choreographed by Gabrielle Beish and danced by apprentices. “Strangled Breaths” is more classical in style, danced en pointe to the soundtrack from “The Revenant.”

The performance concludes with two pieces choreographed by Ms. Engelgau.

“Landing” is a wistful, lyrical piece featuring Gabrielle Beish, Emma Hardy, Emma Massey, Ruby Rogers and Akerah Winder.

A modern work that combines the country and rock influences of Little Big Town, “Peace on a Battlefield,” focuses on the quiet moments within chaos and confrontation.

The dance theatre would like to welcome the visually impaired community by presenting a Sensory Seminar prior to the performance. All those interested in participating should call 674-4689 for more information.

Tickets at $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens may be purchased at the box office the evening of the performance. Group discounts are available with prior notice.

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