Back after its celebratory 25th anniversary season, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company will begin its new season with a program highlighting the company’s dancers. “One, Two, Three, Four Dance … Again!” will be presented Oct. 13 and 14 at White Recital Hall.
Throughout its history, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance been known for its superb dancers trained by artistic director and co-founder Mary Pat Henry. A former professor of dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, Henry has always emphasized high-level technical skills, as well as aesthetic sensitivity. “One, Two, Three, Four Dance … Again!” will give the company a chance to display both.
The program will feature three new works from some of the most creative and forward-thinking choreographers in the country. “An Artist” for five dancers by Jennifer Archibald, director for Arch Dance Company in New York City, should be a great curtain-raiser, with its airborne lifts and creative partnering. The other two company premieres are “She and I,” a duet for two women by Gavin Stewart, and “Tarantism” by Gary Abbott.
DeeAnna Hiett, the co-artistic director of Wylliams/Henry, is contributing “Eden,” which Hiett describes as “a sensual duet of attraction and love.” Concluding the program is Henry’s “Sweet Otis Suite.” Set to music by Otis Redding, it’s one of the most beloved works in the Wylliams/Henry repertoire.