MODERN DANCE IN THE
By Nancy Condit
With the new explosion of dance in Oklahoma City, Perpetual Motion modern Dance Company has on stages, at arts festivals, in restaurants, and now, last night, Thursday, in the carpeted all purpose room at the Belle Isle Metro Library. This is part of the library series "Perpetual Motion: For the Love of the Dance."
Their dances ranged from "Hannah's Journey," in which they were dressed in long side-split light gold tunics with light deep silk pants underneath, as they emulated waving grain on their way.
Leah Watson's "Through the Fire," choreographed and danced by her, she "leaned on God for support in a difficult time. As I dance this piece over and over again, I (come to a deeper understanding) of it of what it means."
In "The Spaces In Between," or "Satori," the six women troupe used waist high white balls as they rolled in sequence on the "We like to do dances that challenge us in our athleticism, as well as perform classic modern dance," said artistic director Michelle Dexter.
The last piece, "Vagabond," was a Norwegian one originally set by a Texas choreographer. The beat struck this writer as Hawaiian or Polynesian, and was, as promised, fun. Costumes were lacey tops with full pretty slip skirts.
Perpetual Motion offers modern and aerial dance classes at City Arts to the public. Check their website at
www.perpetualmotiondance.org. They are on the performing artists roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The National Endowment for the Arts and Metropolitan Library System also makes the series possible.
"We started a series 'Around the World' ten years ago, and then realised we had many artists right here at home," said Dana Morrow, outreach director of the library system.
Further performances are Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm at the Northwest Library, Saturday, October 20 at 2 pm at Southern Oaks Library, and Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 pm at Del City Library.