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Date(s) - 04/05/19 - 04/07/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Smith Theatre - Howard Community College

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Columbia, MD – This spring HCC Dance delivers a powerful and eclectic array of artistic works to the greater Baltimore region.  The Howard Community College (HCC) Dance Company will present its annual  concert in three performances April 5-7 at the college’s Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA). The program features six premieres by guest choreographers Liz Fink-Rakoski and Orange Grove Dance Directors, Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves along with HCC Faculty members Jess Beach, Elizabeth Higgins, Alex J. Krebs and Darion Smith.


Inspired by the Horowitz Center’s theme of Wonder, the concert is comprised of dynamic contemporary dance that is both visually stimulating and physically driven.  The evening opens with Liz Fink-Rakoski’s, Transverse Energy, which explores how varying forms of force are created and experienced.  The dancers outline each other’s bodies, tracing energies while shifting formations through cause and effect movement, weight sharing and partnering. Contagious, by Jess Beach is an amusing take on the effects of negative energy, interpreted through contemporary jazz based choreography.  In Alex J. Krebs’ new work, Singularity, she explores a dark dystopian future where technological advancement is the primary goal, and uniformity is valued over the individual. She poses the question, “How far can technology go before we lose what truly makes us human?”


In her work, Fractured Embodiment of Things to Come, Elizabeth Higgins collaborates with HCC Assistant Professor of Audio and Video Media Production, Patrick Pagano.  Together they delve into the realm of interactive media and movement to express the relative connections and disconnect experienced in response to environmental stimuli.  Darion Smith’s Leaving Now for Later explores the tempo and intensity of select movements and tasks that involve large scale props. Playing against and with the inevitability of gravity, Smith has designed gestural patterns that reflect personal input from the dancers.  The program concludes with Orange Grove’s A study of people sometimes seen in light (no.2).  In this second iteration of the piece Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves investigate the chiaroscuro nature of who we are and our instinctual drive to make decisions based off the actions of others.


Performances are April 5-6 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. in HCC’s Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. There will be a post-show discussion following the performance on April 6.


Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for students, seniors, faculty, staff and military. To purchase tickets, visit, or call 443-518-1500. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each show-time.