Image by Abby Walsh
Beth Soll presents Beth Soll & Company, an ensemble of dancers and musicians, in Dances of Passion and Peace, A Concert of New Dance, Music, and Poetry. This evening of dance premieres will also feature new music by composers Thomas Addison, Nuria Divi, Wendy Griffiths, Josh Rosen, and Stan Strickland, and poetry, both sung and spoken, of Robert Frost, Lin Haire-Sargeant, Langston Hughes, Rumi, and Walt Whitman. Poems will be recited in English, French, Catalan, German, French, and American Sign Language. The 11 dances will be performed by Janet Aisawa, Abby Dias, Kristen Hedberg, Lindsey Miller, Hannah McClean, Marisa Post, and Beth Soll. Singer Eliana Berrean and pianists Wendy Griffiths, Elizabeth Rodgers, and Alex Wu will also perform. Lighting Designer James Kolditz will illuminate the event.
November 22 & 23, 8 PM, at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street.
General Admission: $18
Tickets at https://passionandpeace.brownpapertickets.com, 1.800.838.3006 or at the door.
Presented by Dance Projects, Inc and co-presented by The Performance Project @ University Settlement
Inspiration for Dances of Passion and Peace came from Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, and his interest in spiritual enlightenment within the context of contrasting, potentially transcendent ways of life: in this case, a life of power, love, and conflict versus a life of supremely quiet meditation.
“Gentle, unusual, luminous…iconic purity…thoughtful, beguiling dance.”
Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
“This is dance at its most magical, mystical, mysterious.”
Cerina Survant, Chicago Reader
Beth Soll founded Beth Soll & Company in Boston in 1977, presenting regular concerts there and in other US venues (including Westbeth) and internationally, while directing the dance program at MIT for 20 years. After earning a Ph.D in the History and Theory of Modern Dance from the University Professors Program at Boston University in 1999, and a teaching stint at UCSanta Barbara, Soll moved to New York. Now in her seventies and still dancing, Soll’s very individual style has earned enthusiastic praise throughout the years. After 17 years on the waiting list, Soll happily joined the Westbeth community.
More information: bethsollandcompany.org