Dance Troupe Marks Black History Month

Western Md. Campus Event Part Of Celebration

February 06, 1991|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER — Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theatre will take to the Alumni Hall stage at Western Maryland College at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The performance is part of Western Maryland's Black History Celebration 1991, whichruns throughout February in recognition of Black History Month.

Anderson, who has been artistic director of the company since 1978, teaches modern and African dance to company members, and apprentices and choreographs many of the works in the company's repertoire.

For its debut Sundays of Note appearance, The Baltimore Dance Theatre is scheduled to perform, among other works, "The Elephant," a prize-winning work originally commissioned for the National Zoo when it unveiled its elephant pavilion, and the hilarious comic "Br'er Rabbit,"which was commissioned by and premiered for the Atlanta Arts Festival.

The Baltimore Dance Theatre has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South, most notably at Charleston, S.C.'s Spoleto Festival.

The BDT also has held residencies at the Christina Cultural ArtsCenter in Wilmington, Del., as well as engagements at various summerarts festivals.

Eva Anderson began her career in modern dance on a full dance scholarship at Bard College. She completed her bachelor's degree in dance at Adelphi University in New York, where she also earned a master's in education.

She has studied African dance with Olatunji, the highly regarded Nigerian dancer and drummer, and balletwith teachers associated with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has taught dance at Adelphi University, Goucher College and Howard Community College.

Anderson was awardedthe Maryland State Choreographers Fellowship in 1982 and again in 1986, making her the first choreographer to be so honored twice. In 1988, she was awarded the first State Arts Council Work-in-Progress grant for dance for her "Sonata No. 1."

The Anderson company's Alumni Hall concert is the third installment in the ongoing Sundays of Note performance series for the 1990-1991 season.

The Sundays of Note series is sponsored jointly by Western Maryland's College Activities Programming Board and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

The board is a volunteer student organization that coordinates social, cultural,and educational opportunities for the Western Maryland community.

The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust was established primarily to support various cultural and educational institutions in and around metropolitan Baltimore. It facilitates concert career opportunities for emerging artists as well as established artists.

All performances in the series begin at 2 p.m. Sundays in the Alumni Hall. Admission is $5;youths 18 and under are admitted free.

Information: 857-2265 or 876-2055, Ext. 265.

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