Los Angeles dance company Benita Bike’s DanceArt will be bringing their interactive dance program to the museum for a performance on Sunday, May 21, 2017. This modern dance company is known for its musicality, elegance, and expressivity. Join Benita Bike – a Tucson native – and her beautiful five-member dance company for a performance that will delight and inform. This program is appropriate for adults, seniors, and children. This performance is included with museum admission or free for museum members. Seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
Benita Bike’s DanceArt has performed across New England, in Europe and throughout California during its 35-year history. This modern dance company has received praise for its quality concert work and its extensive community outreach programming. Like a string quintet, the dancers of Benita Bike’s DanceArt perform with uncommon sensitivity to one another, bringing intense beauty and vibrancy to each delicately crafted, expressive movement. Benita Bike’s choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement.
The Tucson performance will feature “Old Postcards from Europe,” “On Beat 3,” For Rose,” and a new dance now in the works. “Old Postcards from Europe” takes its inspiration from 3 late 19th/early 20th century postcards from the cities of Munich, Vienna, and Budapest; church bells, Wallingford Riegger’s dramatic music, and the sounds of Klezmer music accompany the dance. Dance reviewer Jeff Slayton of SeeDance.com describes “On Beat 3” as “a rapid fire movement piece driven by the by Swedish composer Per Andreessen’s music “Tin Play.” “For Rose,” is about the passing of Benita's mother Rose; stark and poignant, this dance touches on complicated feelings of love, discordance, and death.