Dancing with Kerouac
Pop culture is obsessed with dancing. Take the variety of dance competitions on television: Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Even Buzz Aldrin got infected with the dancing bug.
While the masses are ogling over famous people tripping on their heels, a true lover of dance will head to Davis to watch Linda Bair Dance Company’s Shorts/Features at the Veterans Memorial Theatre. The modern-dance company, which is in residence at the Davis Art Center, will present five short dances and one feature-length premiere, featuring guest company A Mused Collective and guest choreographer Jorge Luis Morejon, a doctoral candidate in performance studies at UC Davis, as well as a dancer and opera singer.
The short pieces include “One Mad Brunette,” a piece set to text and music by and about Jack Kerouac; “My Hands, Tus Brazos,” a duet about the struggle to love, danced and choreographed by Bair and Morejon; “French Toast,” featuring three live musicians and a blue velvet chair; “Gone to Soon,” a piece inspired by the sudden loss of Bair’s cousin set to music by Jeff Buckley; and “Dust and Sky,” a lyrical and nostalgic piece of a full-length dance that will premier in the fall. The feature-length premiere of “Some Strange Hotel Room” will end the concert with a loose narrative full of grit, mystery, dreamlike passages and full-force dancing. A Q-and-A session will follow each performance. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/lindabairdancecompany.