Antaeus Dance Presents Pennsylvania Premiere of “Prospect & Refuge”

Oct. 3, 2011 – Antaeus Dance will present the Pennsylvania premiere of “Prospect & Refuge,” an evening-length dance work by director Joan Meggitt and local artist Doug Lodge at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Montgomery Performance Space at Allegheny College. The performance is free and open to the public.

The company will also offer a free master class with Antaeus dancer Desmond Davis at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Montgomery Performance Space. Reservations – which are required for the master class and recommended for the concert – can be made by calling the Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program at 814-332-2813.

“Prospect & Refuge” explores the conflict and the confluence of the infinite – prospect – and the intimate – refuge. The culmination of a two-year project by long-time collaborators and dance partners Joan Meggitt and Doug Lodge, the work features original choreography, new music by composer Bill Sallak and a series of original films by Cynthia Penter.

Penter filmed the Antaeus dancers on location in Meadville and Cochranton and in Cleveland. “Symbolic objects from the various sites transform Allegheny’s Montgomery Performance Space into a metaphoric space, while also serving as reminders of familiar, tangible spaces,” said Meggitt. “Through Cynthia’s films, as well as a live performance which leaves the proscenium behind, the dancers move beyond the traditional stage space and into a poetic realm.”

In addition to Meggitt and Lodge, the dancers include Sarah Carey, Amy Compton, Desmond Davis, Marissa Glorioso, Heather Koniz and Sherri Mills.

“Antaeus Dance investigates larger ideas of participation and belonging through intimate exchanges, acknowledging both the strength and the vulnerability of the individual, and balancing that against the drama of collective action,” Meggitt said. “Individuality and community cannot be defined or understood without one another; one represents a desire for an unlimited vista of possibilities, while the other offers finite safety and support. The tension between these two is at the heart of Prospect & Refuge.”

Antaeus Dance has been a presence at Allegheny College since 2002, when the company began presenting annual concerts of original modern dance. The company regularly features Allegheny students in premiere choreography. Joan Meggitt, Allegheny class of 1992, has been directing the annual Allegheny Summer Dance Intensive since 1999.

Based in Cleveland, Antaeus Dance has been creating thought-provoking pieces that celebrate the intersection of individual expression and collective experience since its premiere in 2001. It has a repertory of more than 27 original dance works by Meggitt and a diverse collection of premiere dance works by the artistic staff. The company fosters artistic collaboration and supports arts education in the community at large.

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The Allegheny performance and residency are sponsored by the William Beazell Memorial Fund.

Photos by Brad Petot