Dancers discuss dynamics

By Chanelle Williams / Features Editor

Inspired Movement (Chanelle Williams / Features Editor)

By Chanelle Williams / Features Editor

The “Kinetic Conversations” show gives a chance for the faculty of the Dance program at Riverside City College to exercise their creative abilities.

However, like many school programs, the program has cut on their costs for the show said Rita Chenoweth-Surman, chairwoman of the Performing Arts Department and a choreographer in the show.

“Costumes are being revised and students are using what they already have.
It’s a bare bone situation,” Chenoweth-Surman said.

There are ten pieces in this fall’s “Kinetic Conversations” that have been choreographed by faculty of the dance program, with the exception of guest performer Adam Young.

The following are descriptions about three of the ten pieces for “Kinetic.”

Pierrotte- Sofia Carreras

Sofia Carreras usually gravitates toward choreographing ballet pieces that are dark, emotional, real and very personal.

But in the process of working on eight other pieces outside of RCC, Carreeras felt she “needed something light so I don’t kill myself.”

The basic story of the piece is about the conquest of a sad French clown, Pierrotte, in search of someone to relate to and be happy with.

The people all around Pierotte look happy with exaggerated smiles on their faces and amidst the crowd he finds his Pierette.

She works with a large group of dancers, all of who are from the ballet repertoire class she teaches at RCC and most have had no experience dancing.

Inspirations for her pieces normally come from pictures, sounds, the dancers and music.
But this year, it was a very difficult task for Carreras to choreograph the piece.

“It’s almost 90 percent inspired by music.” Carreras said. “I almost changed the music two weeks ago because I didn’t like it.”

Carreras’ deceased mother, who aspired to be a French clown, and Carreras’ battle with cancer inspired this piece.

Summer Solstice- Mark Haines

Inspiration came from a strange place for Mark Haines.

It came from a childhood memory of summer camp when he was 10-years-old, where a young boy was beat up because the children did not like him.

“It was the first time as a kid, where I realized what hate does and people ganging up on people; I was just a horrible bystander,” Haines said.

The final product for Kinetic contains a lot of fighting, tension, lust, passion, and hate.

“But I hate to use the word hate. It’s an intense word to use for the piece,” Haines said.

Haines said the dance won’t leave the audience with a pleased feeling.

It’s dark and “strangely sensual” at times but he does not mean for them to leave depressed.

However, Haines is not concerned with the audience’s response.

“I don’t think about the audience when I’m creating work” Haines said.

“If I were concerned about the way people would look at the piece, I wouldn’t have done that piece.”