Summer is a time for people to get out of the city, and dancers are no exception. In the United States, students and professional dancers head to the green oases of Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival, as well as several smaller summer dance festivals set on lakes, beaches, and rivers throughout the country. Removed from steamy sidewalks and the speed of urban life, sweaty bodies dance joyfully, rejuvenated in the fresh country air.
This year, DanceMotion USA’s residency brings Korhan Başaran's group of Turkish dancers and two Armenian dancers to experience the Bates Dance Festival on the campus of Bates College. David Dorfman Dance, who has frequented the festival, is introducing them to the quaint porch culture of Southern Maine.
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Housed on the campus of Bates College, this 30-year old festival boasts an impressive list of guest artists, including David Gordon, Remy Charlip, Bebe Miller, David Rousseve, Victoria Marks, Martha Bowers, and Nancy Stark Smith. Also among the esteemed artists are DanceMotion USA alumni Urban Bush Women, Ron K Brown/Evidence, Rennie Harris, Doug Varone, Sean Curran, and David Dorfman. Bates is known for its welcoming community spirit - a fitting home for this cultural exchange, and an encouraging place to build a new collaborative piece.