Vox, Velocity and Vectors

vox velocity and vectors

Photo by A. Pierce Bounds '71.

Sound and kinetic energy converge in interdisciplinary concert

by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

Live music and kinetic energy converge in “Vox, Velocity and Vectors,” an interdisciplinary event with scientific, philosophical and mythical undertones, opening Friday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.

Presented by the theatre & dance and music departments in conjunction with the Dance Theatre Group (DTG), the concert features choreography by New York-based Christopher Williams and Director of Dance Sarah Skaggs, among other noted choreographers, a draw that's in keeping with past fall concerts at Dickinson. Unlike those in the past, however, "Vox" also includes musical performances by the College Choir, DICE and Relâche, a Philadelphia-based contemporary-music ensemble that marks its third Dickinson residency—and first DTG collaboration—this fall. 

Concert highlights include a “dance murder mystery,” set in an elegant soiree; a joyful declaration backdropped by the 1957 classic film The Red Balloon; a selection from a science-fiction opera by Meredith Monk, augmented by alien costumes; texts by late-20th-century autistic poet Chrisopher Knowles; a dance interpretation of the I Ching; and music by contemporary composers Philip Glass, Joseph Koykkar, Pauline Oliveros and Caleb Burhans. Costume design is led by Associate Professor of Theatre Sherry Harper-McCombs.

“Vox, Velocity and Vectors” runs Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. in Mathers Theatre (Holland Union Building). Tickets are $7, or $5 for advance purchase with student ID.

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Published November 20, 2014