Modern dance, ethnic tinge


September 18, 1997|By Judith Green

Eva Anderson Dancers, aka the Baltimore Dance Company when it performs in Baltimore, does so this weekend: performs in Baltimore, that is, at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Anderson's Columbia-based company, now in its 20th season, uses many African-American elements in its work, from music to design to themes, but describes itself as more modern than ethnic.

In this weekend's program, the company presents the spectrum of its repertory.

From Anderson, there are "When Dudes Walk," a light work to a contemporary ragtime score by Don Pullen; and "Kadija," whose name comes from the dominant rhythmic pattern of its music.

"Tear the Heart" was created for the troupe by Brazilian choreographer Lourdes Bastos. "Ictus" -- which means "beat" -- is by the pioneering black choreographer Rod Rodgers. Rodgers, 59, a Detroit native whose work dates from the "Black )) Is Beautiful" movement of the '60s, also wrote its driving, rhythmic score.

Performances are at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is at North Charles and 31st streets. Tickets are $15; call 410-235-0100.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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