Three collaborative new works premiered Friday night at Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College’s second annual “New Dance Partners.” Each of the three pieces, commissioned by the series, combined an up-and-coming national choreographer with an established local company. Considering that the series, led by general manager Emily Behrmann, continues to present some of the best high-class performances in the region, the audience turnout for this special program was underwhelming.
University of Missouri-Kansas City’s outdoor scene was bustling last Friday night, as was the arts landscape in general, but devoted dance enthusiasts could be found scattered throughout the White Recital Hall for Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company’s spring performance. The company closed their 23rd season celebrating the past and looking toward the future. Works by two well-known choreographers, Fred Benjamin and Eleo Pomare, bookended the seven-piece program.
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company opened its 2013–14 season Friday night with a series of works featuring dancers in small numbers. “1-2-3-4 Dance” included solos, duets, quartets, and one larger group finale.
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Fall Program: Despite being one of the first performances last season, WHCDC left a mark with its 21st fall program. The program blended together past favorites from co-founders Leni Wylliams and Mary Pat Henry as well as new works for the company and an astonishing execution of Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels. By far this was one of the strongest showings for the company in recent years. (September 2012)
“One, Two, Three, Four, Dance” will showcase new and signature dance pieces ranging from modern to lyric to avante garde in style. Although Wylliams-Henry Dance is known for big ensemble works, this concert will focus on smaller groups and individuals performing choreographed pieces. The variety of performances is designed to display the quality and artistry of the individual dancers as well as the choreographers, with performances creating a sense of intimacy between the dancers and members of the audience.
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas. – The Kansas City Ballet and two area modern dance companies will perform an evening of original works this fall at Johnson County Community College titled “New Dance Partners.”
Mary Pat Henry, Conservatory Professor of Dance and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, travels to China for a six week residency to teach and choreograph in Tianjin. She will also participate in the Luoyang Peony Cultural Festival, Henan province, conducting workshops, giving lectures, and teaching technique classes.
Mary Pat Henry/co-founder and Artistic Director of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company talks about their Fall Concert and why dance is so important. The concert is Friday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 16, – 6:00 p.m. UMKC, White Hall, 4949 Cherry Street, KCMO, on Campus.
Conservatory Dean Peter Witte and Dance Faculty Mary Pat Henry Included in 100 People Who Make KC Better
Peter Witte, UMKC Conservatory dean, and dance faculty Mary Pat Henry, along with 98 other Kansas Citians are declared people who make Kansas City a better place to live by KC Magazine.
MARYSVILLE, Kan. — The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company gave a free public performance at Marysville High School on Wednesday after spending three days in Marshall County.