Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Moving Current, Staibdance combine for concert

By MARTY CLEAR

Times Correspondent

Dance fans will be treated to a twofer at this weekend's Moving Current concert.

Besides works by Moving Current itself, the concert also features a new work by Staibdance, an Atlanta-based company headed by choreographer George Staib.

"Staibdance has only been around since 2007, but they've already made a big impact in a short amount of time," said Erin Cardinal, one of the Moving Current artistic directors. "He has a unique voice. He kind of has a signature to his work."

Staibdance has become an essential element of the dance scene in Atlanta, but has also performed internationally.

In Tampa, Staibdance will perform a 30-minute segment from a longer work called Versus. Local audiences will be the first to see it. The full-length version will premiere at Emory University in Atlanta three weeks later.

Versus is Staib's examination of interpersonal conflict, from mere aggressive behavior to overt violence and the glorification of human suffering. It's sometimes dark but often amusing, according to Staib's descriptions of the work.

The Moving Current half of this weekend's concert features works by all three of the company's artistic directors, including some reworkings of older pieces.

Cardinal's The Arc Between Two Deaths, first performed in 2004, is set to Chopin music. It's based on a quote from modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. The quote has to do with moments in dance, and in life, between a fall and a recovery.

"We all stumble, but there's always somebody there to help you up," Cardinal said. "And the dancers are experiencing that in this piece. They have to have a lot of trust in each other, because they're counting on other dancers to catch them when they fall. Sometimes they can't see the other person is there, they just have to trust it."

Cardinal is also premiering a piece called The Enormity of Two.

Shelley Bourgeois has a new piece on the program, and Cynthia Hennessy has reworked a older piece called Undertow that Cardinal said is one of her favorite Hennessy dances.

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