350 Dancers and Choreographers at PSC

March 4th, 2003 by Adam

Featured Performance by Amy Marshall Dance Company March 14.

Dancers, choreographers and teachers from 29 New England Region colleges as well as California, Wisconsin, Virginia, New York and New Jersey will gather at Plymouth State College March 13-15 for the 2003 New England Regional American College Dance Festival.

Dance Director Joan Wiegers says, “This is the first time the festival has been hosted by Plymouth State. We are thrilled to have so many talented teachers and performers coming to our campus for an intensive three days of classes, adjudications and performances.”

The three-day event will feature a public faculty recital Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Cultural Arts Center. “This concert is to showcase the work and performance of our festival faculty,” according to Wiegers. The first half of the faculty concert will be faculty-choreographed and danced pieces. The seven-member Amy Marshall Dance Company (AMDC), company-in-residence at the Goucher College Summer Arts Festival, will perform in the second half.

The Dance Insider describes the work of AMDC as “beautiful … complex … full of nuance. [Marshall’s] dancers do things you’ve never seen before … and they do them with great verve and musicality.”

Amy Marshall was born in Japan and raised in Sandwich, N.H., where she began her formal training in ballet and theatre dance with Paula Vinzi. She went on to study modern dance at Jacob’s Pillow and graduated from Goucher College with a double major in dance and theatre. While earning her degree, she was awarded the Pollinger Scholarship for Dance and participated in the selective Trinity LaMama performing arts program for experimental theatre in New York City.

Marshall compares her work to that of an architect – crafting intricate designs, expansive spatial patterns and movement vocabulary primarily inspired by her longtime interest in international and ethnic music. She has taught master classes and residencies throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

The faculty concert, which is open to the public, will be held at the Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Plymouth, Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the PSC Box Office, 535-ARTS.

Complete Festival information is online at http://www.plymouth.edu/psc/music/dance/