Signing and dancing Dance

July 16, 1998|By Judith Green

When she was a girl in Olney, dancer-choreographer Kimberley Hofe had a good friend who was deaf. That led to her abiding interest in American Sign Language (ASL).

After taking courses in sign language at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Catonsville Community College, Hofe now works as an interpreter for the deaf at schools and hospitals.

Vital Sign, the 11-member dance company she founded with Victoria Francese at UMBC, performs much of its work with ASL integrated into the fabric of the dance. At its first major local concert, Saturday at the Dance Place in Washington, most of the works use this mixture of dance and gestural speech.

The texts include songs of Steve Scott and Pink Floyd, poetry of Emily Dickinson and the stories of runaways. The concert will also include a live guitarist, Kevin Cimino, and a ballet to music of the classical composer Pergolesi.

Vital Sign performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. N.E., Washington. (For Metro users, it's two blocks from the Brookland/CUA stop on the Red line.) Tickets are $12, students and seniors $10, children $5. Call: 202-269-1600.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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