By MARTY CLEAR
The highlight of the modern dance scene in Tampa Bay continues to be Moving Current, which brings in respected and compelling choreographers from around the country as guest artists.
The company kicks off its 14th season this weekend with a concert that features Miami's Bill Doolin and New York's Neta Pulvermacher, plus works by Moving Current's artistic directors Erin Cardinal, Kristin O'Neal and Cynthia Hennessy.
Most area dance aficionados are probably familiar with Doolin, who heads the Florida Dance Association (the group that organizes the annual Florida Dance Festival, which recently returned to Tampa) and who has performed in Tampa several times. Pulvermacher, though, will make her Tampa Bay area debut this weekend, with a new piece called 2280 Pints.
Pulvermacher teaches at the University of Florida, but her company, the Neta Dance Company, is based in New York City. She created 2280 Pints this summer at UF, using dozens of dancers and 57 5-gallon buckets. (To save you from doing the math, yes, there are 2,280 pints in 57 5-gallon buckets.) Here she's staging an excerpt of that piece, using only six dancers and, presumably, fewer buckets.
Cardinal said Pulvermacher leans toward narrative and an almost scientific approach to her work, while Doolin's piece, called Cant, tends to be more abstract and movement-oriented.
The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at University of South Florida Theater I, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15, $10 students/seniors, cash or check only at the door. Advance credit card purchase through ticketleap.com. (813) 237-0216; movingcurrent.com.