It has been a year of reevaluation and change for Baltimore's dance community.
After presenting dance for several years at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Downtown Dance Company's Dance on the Edge Series, which brings well-known companies to town, has relocated to Towson State University.
"Now with the recession and with government funds potentially becoming more scarce, we're competing for a smaller number of dollars. We're all looking for ways we can share resources," says Claire Braswell, managing director of Downtown Dance.
TSU, the series is expected to sell more tickets and bring bigger names to the university's Stephens Hall Theatre. In return, Downtown Dance will increase its educational outreach to TSU students.
After contemplating a move to the Loyola College Campus, the Maryland Ballet, beset by financial shortfalls, has decided to focus instead on large presentations of the classic repertoire, according to ballet spokesman Daniel Kane. The Maryland Ballet plans to announce on Sept. 10 its productions for this season, including holiday and spring presentations.
The Committee for the Development of the Baltimore City Center for Dance has formed to develop a plan for a city dance venue, a long-time goal for area dance companies, which must often scrounge for rehearsal and concert space. "Dance deserves a home here," says Juliet Forrest, an assistant professor of dance at Goucher College and director of the Forrest Collection dance company.
Bowed but not broken by budget cuts and occasional homelessness, dance lives in Baltimore:
Mime Weavers "All That Is Unspoken" tomorrow
St. Johns of Baltimore United Methodist Church 243-5760
The autumn dance season gets off to a head start with the appearance of this Baltimore company's collection of eight brief mime and movement theater pieces that address women's issues including sexual violence, racism and homophobia.
Labor of Love Monday
Smith Theater Howard Community College 740-7898
This an annual variety show benefits AIDS research and includes dance presentations by Washington ballet members, the Eva Anderson Dancers and Juliet Forrest.
Kinetics Dance Company Sept. 15 Baltimore Museum of Art 461-9907
Alvin Mayes, the new artistic director of the Kinetics Dance Company, based in the Howard County Center for the Arts, makes his debut with three new pieces in a company concert.
Area dancers hosted by Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation Sept. 20-Sept. 22 City Fair at Venable lot at Memorial Stadium 962-5340
There will be performances by Maria Broom, Bennie Ritchie-Holum, Morgan State University's Modern Dance Ensemble and the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, among others, on the fair's arts and culture stage.
The Carolyn Dorfman Company Sept. 21-22 Todd Dance Studio Goucher College 337-6390
The modern dance troupe from New Jersey, which includes two Goucher College grads, will present a "lecture/demonstration performance."
The Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico Oct. 19 Havre de Grace High School (301) 836-4340 O=
Harford Community College presents this dance show case.
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, Oct. 19
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (301) 263-8289 or (301) 263-2909 The company presents its fall concert, including "The 11th Commandment," in conjunction with the Annapolis chorale, as well as the modern ballet piece "arm in arm in arm . . ." and an untitled premiere.
The Washington Ballet Oct. 25 and 26 Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College 225-3131
The company brings its fall repertory series, including the Baltimore premiere of "A Handel Celebration," "Overstepping" and a pas de deux from "The Leaves are Fading."
Phoenix Dance Company Oct. 26 and 27 Stephens Hall Theatre Towson State University campus 830-2787
The award-winning Afro-Caribbean dance company from Britain known for its "exuberant and energetic dance style . . . and great sense of theater" opens the Dance on the Edge series.
Kathy Wildberger and PATH Dance Company
Nov. 1 and 2 Baltimore School for the Arts 367-3843
Wildberger and Bessie award winner Sean Curran, of the Bill T. Jones Dance Company, premiere "Sean and Kathy in Grand Canyon at Sunset," a collaborative piece drawn from the work of mentors who have died of AIDS. The performance benefits the Jeff Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund for high school dance students.
The other Phoenix Repertory Dance Company noon and 2 p.m. Nov. 2 Meyerhoff Auditorium of the Baltimore Museum of Art 396-6314
The University of Maryland Baltimore County's resident troupe resents "A Children's Dance Sampler."
Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh Nov. 22 and 23 Stephens Hall Theatre 830-2787 As part of the Dance on the Edge series, the Pittsburgh company, directed by native Baltimorean Mark Taylor, appears.
The Eva Anderson Dancers Nov. 24 Smith Theater at Howard County Community College 997-3899
The Eva Anderson Dancers and an array of composers gather to celebrate the seventh annual Festival in Honor of Scott Joplin.