Goucher students get high marks

April 20, 1994|By J.L. Conklin | J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun

Goucher Dance opened at the Kraushaar Auditorium Friday night with plenty of young students eager to leap into the world of dance.

Every spring and fall, the college presents its best students in works created by guest choreographers in both modern and ballet techniques, as well as dances created by students. Highlights of Friday's program included New York choreographer Gus Solomons' contemporary work, "Ped Xing," and Yelena Vinogradova's balletic work, "Russian Memories," and her staging of variations from Marius Petipa's "Paquita."

Student works of merit included "The Scarf" (Phyllis Greenwood) and "Who Will Be There" (Nicole Parise).

Mr. Solomons is a clever choreographer whose wit spills over into his dances. "Ped Xing" is based on the simple tenets of locomotion -- walking, running, leaping, etc. The work is a delightful study, and the students performed with gusto.

"Ped Xing" was filled with shifting contrasts -- such as quiet posesseen against rapidly moving groups of dancers, and circular patterns suddenly veering off into a diagonal direction. It comes as no surprise to learn that the choreographer has a background in architecture; he works with great sensitivity to how the audience perceives the space.

"Russian Souvenir," by Madame Vinogradova, formerly of the Kirov Ballet, presented Goucher dancers in a character dance that outfitted the 10 women with red leather boots,traditional Russian garb and headdress. The conventional folk steps were prettily performed. Excerpts from "Paquita" closed the evening. Friday's performance featured Goucher student Amy McCall with partner Josh Brooksher (on loan from Madame Vinogradova's Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington). Soloists included Natasha Kirjanov, Dinah Gray and Caroline Copeland, who all danced with attentive skill.

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