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Consent to Gravity

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2005
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

Dance, music, voice, and visuals combine in a multimedia performance celebrating the art and writing of Frederick Sommer (1905–1999).

A collaboration between dance troupe Island Moving Company, photographer Thomas Palmer, the Providence String Quartet, and choreographers Carol Somers and Daniel McCusker, the piece celebrates chance and daring in the making of art and complements the exhibition The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute.

About the Artists

Island Moving Company
Based in Newport, Rhode Island, and now entering its 24th year, Island Moving Company performs imaginative works of dance, working with innovative choreographers from around the country. "Fus[es] conceptual risk with technical prowess," says the Los Angeles Times.

Thomas Palmer, project director
Thomas Palmer is a fine art photographer who has collaborated with Island Moving Company on several projects, including Steam Feet: An Exercise in Elementary Mechanics for Dancers, Fiddle and Steam Engines, which featured live steam engines onstage. His Subtitles was a reworking of the Persephone myth.

Carol Somers and Daniel McCusker, choreographers
Carol Somers has danced for a wide range of ballet and modern dance companies and choreographers. The Boston Globe called her "a genuinely gifted dance maker."

Daniel McCusker is a lecturer in drama and dance at Tufts University. He has received three NEA Choreographer's Fellowships and has choreographed pieces for the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and the Rhode Island College Dance Company.

Chris Eastburn and the Providence String Quartet, musicians
Chris Eastburn is an arranger, choral director, and award-winning composer who directs the Family Folk Chorale in Boston.

Providence String Quartet has performed across New England and appeared with noted pianist Jonathan Biss. As the professional anchor of the education program Community MusicWorks, they also mentor and teach music to young people.

Elin Carlson, Sarah L. Davis, Roger Freeland, and Bradford Gleim, singers
Elin Carlson is a mezzo-soprano whose career spans opera, jazz/pop, and performances for children. Sarah L. Davis, soprano, is an opera singer who teaches voice at Boston University. Roger Freeland, baritone, has sung for movies, television, commercials, and records and is completing his first solo album. Bradford Gleim is a tenor who has appeared with numerous choirs and opera companies at home and abroad.

Island Moving Company

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