Dancing People Dance Company

Rogue Valley audiences will be able to see professional dancers working on new pieces and have a chance to talk to them about the process. Dancing People Company will provide the opportunity when it presents its "Salon Series" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 18-19, and at — p.m. Sunday, April 20, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland.

The Rogue Valley-based company will perform a program of duets, trios and quartets designed to be both accessible and thought-provoking. DPC's artistic directors Robin Stiehm and Peggy Paver will introduce each piece, giving the audience insight into what they are about to see and providing an in-depth look at dance and how it communicates.

The intimacy of DanceSpace gives audiences a chance to see the dancers close up, and be drawn right into the work. The salon setting gives the dancers a chance to talk about the dances a little and hear audience impressions in a post show discussion.

The performance will include new work by both Paver and Stiehm:

"Letters To Tillie" is a provocative and emotional depiction of the personal consequences of war. It embodies one family's experience of World War II; the pain of separation, the passion of love reunited, the individual heartbreak, and ultimately the life altering decisions that emerge. Represented in a series of vignettes, "Letters to Tillie" takes the audience on a journey that leaves them pensive about the war experience, then or now.

"Safe Place To Fall," this soulful quartet is about finding a haven, a place where we have the support of friends, even in our weaknesses.

"Hold On"&

166;," a poignant dance that explores coming together and slipping away

"More Immediate Than Reality" provides a hard-edged, stripped down look at the blindness we allow ourselves when faced with the discomfort of facing reality.

Dancers include Emily Abrahams, Camille Bianco, Veronica DeWitt, Bridget Gunning and Alonzo Lee Moore IV. Dancing People Company (DPC) is a professional modern dance company founded in Minnesota in 1994 and relocated to Ashland in 2003.

DPC provides dance performances, classes, workshops and residencies that inform, reflect and communicate our shared human experience. DPC has performed throughout Oregon, Minnesota and at international festivals across Eastern Europe.

Stiehm has spent more than 30 years as a professional dancer and choreographer. While dancing with the Minnesota Dance Theatre and later New Dance Ensemble (both of Minneapolis) she worked with choreographers such as Daniel Ezralow, Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones and Ralph Lemon. For her own choreographic work, she has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Oregon Arts Commission. In 2000 she was awarded a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship. She has created commissioned work for Zenon Dance Company, the University of Minnesota Dance Dept., Ballet Arts Minnesota and Traduza Dance Company, in addition to the over 30 works she has created for DPC.

Paver joined DPC in 2005 bringing more than 20 years experience in choreography, dance education and community building to the organization. She has a B.A. in communication and an M.A. in dance from the University of Arizona. Her master's thesis was the brainchild for a partnership between Tucson Unified School District, the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall, and local artists who grew into the Tucson Arts Connections program. This program is currently recognized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was the recipient of the 1999 Arizona Governor's Arts Education award. Paver has also studied and with collaborative-based dance companies including Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (Washington D.C.), David Dorfman Dance, and Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Co. (New York).

Tickets are $15 and are available at The Music Coop, Ashland, or online at .

Call 941-6282.

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