écarté dance theatre set for spring concert Saturday

Lisa Scott, left, and Tricia Massey are featured in Saturday's ecarte dance theatre spring concert. (Submitted photo by Young's Studio)

Lisa Scott, left, and Tricia Massey are featured in Saturday’s ecarte dance theatre spring concert. (Submitted photo by Young’s Studio)

DOVER — écarté dance theatre will present its spring concert at 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 “Suddenly I’m Hit”, a piece choreographed by Ms. Engelgau and Ms. Massey to the music of Aloe Blacc and James Blake, featuring the company’s young novices and apprentices.

“A Moment’s Pause”, choreography by Ms. Massey with music by Scott Cossu and Scott Joplin, is a tribute piece, danced by young people and adults. “Rescue” features music from the film “Cinderella” and is also danced by écarté’s novices and apprentices.

Two selections from écarté’s recent Young Choreographers’ Workshop will be included in the program: “Lost Innocence”, choreographed by Ruby Rogers and “Don’t Worry”, by Gabrielle Beish. Dancing in these pieces are apprentices Emma Hardy, Sierra Manifold, Emma Massey and Misses Beish and Rogers.

The performance concludes with three pieces choreographed by artistic director Ms. Engelgau for the adult company. “Gentle Sin” is a modern work, danced to the music of Hozier, featuring company dancers Diane Beish, Melani Coles, Kim Cox, Wendy Eaby, Tricia Massey, and Lisa Scott. A lyrical work that explores the nature of sacrifice, “Moriah” is danced to compositions of contemporary jazz artist Brian Blade. Traditional bluegrass provides the background for the fragile, celebratory “Sparrow”.

écarté would like to welcome the visually impaired community by presenting a Sensory Seminar prior to the performance. All those interested in participating should call 302-674-4689 for further information.

Tickets, $15 adults, $10 students and senior citizens, may be purchased at the box office the evening of the performance. Group discount rates are available with prior request.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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