Archive » January 10, 2008
FEATURES - Daughter of Zion
By India Allen, Staff Writer
Daughter of Zion performs
With aerial performances on the night’s creative lineup, modern dance will take flight, literally, at Daughter of Zion’s upcoming “The Time in Between,” scheduled Jan. 18 and 19.
The show, inspired by the dance company’s 2007 visit to Greece, will feature four performances ranging from aerial dance, floor work and dance with a steel apparatus. Because of various instruments and theatrical effects used, Rina van de Kamp, owner of Daughter of Zion Dance Company, calls the program theatrical dance.
“Some people will perceive it completely as theater, and others may completely see it as dance,” she said. “I’ve heard that people are surprised and deeply moved by our shows,” van de Kamp said.
The four performances will be presented in three sets, “Duet for One,” a rope and harness aerial performance, and “Chance and Him’s,” a rope and handles performance; “Psalm 22,” a solo floor performance; and “Visage III,” a performance of dance within and around a steel apparatus.
Though “Duet for One” and “Chance for Him’s” are both aerial performances that feature van de Kamp and Ken Gilbert, “Duet for One” is a narrative piece that represents the nature of changing relationships, while “Chance for Him’s” is a visual interpretive piece.
“What’s fun for the audience in ‘Chance for Him’s’ is, it’s all about two people dancing with rope and handles and their physical relationship to one another,” said E. Bonnie Lewis, a dancer with Daughter of Zion.
“Psalm 22,” choreographed by Lewis and inspired by the biblical lament recited by Jesus when he was crucified, is entirely floor work and will feature van de Kamp in a solo performance.
“There’s nothing like a little Bible to get you going,” Lewis said. “This concept was created out of a creative workshop, and Rina was moved by Psalm 22. She wanted to interpret her emotion into a movement.”
The last performance, “Visage III,” will be performed by Courtney Trowman. She will dance within, on and around a two-inch thick steel bar structure.
“Visage III was inspired by a sculpture created by Robert Houghtaling and Ron Yeo,” van de Kamp said.
In part it presents the question of how we, as human beings, fit — or choose to not fit — with technology, she added.
“The Time in Between” is Daughter of Zion’s fourth show of the winter season. It follows a performance in Guatemala, Greece, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. It also will feature a talk-back session in which audience members will get a chance to meet the artists.
“This is a great way to make the art more accessible and not so secretive,” Lewis said of the talk-back.
Showing at 8 p.m. at Studio DoZ, 3630 Sagunto St. Suite G, Santa Ynez, only 48 tickets will be sold and they will be available only by reservation at a cost of adults $25 and youth $15. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit www.daughterofzion.net or call (805) 698-9188.