By Rama K. Ramaswamy
Dance, by its nature, is an art form and a form of recreation. It's other things as well, of course: at its most basic, it offers storytelling. At its best, it offers expressions of emotion synchronized with rhythm, as well as symbolic gestures that conjure spirituality in an invitation to marvel at what the imagination can conjure and how the human form bends to its will.
On April 11, at 7 p.m., in the Katherine L. Babson Jr. Auditorium, Wellesley High School Performing Arts will be presenting "Footnotes - A Dance Collaboration,” featuring performances by the Wellesley High School Moving Company and distinguished guests: Dana Hall School, Rhode Island College, Always Be Dancing/Flamenco for Everybody, and special guest choreographer Hybridmotion Collective. Director Jun Kuribayashi of Hybridmotion Collective was formerly a principal dancer with the famed Pilobolus, and has created a piece, titled "Dance With Me,” for this year's Moving Company program.
The Wellesley high school students performing in this year's program are Shyann Chalmus, Eleanor Foley, Mary Foley, Christopher McGowan, Caroline Morrow, Leanne Morse, Olivia Ong, Kathleen Segal, Elaine Shi, Nathalie Villalba, and Audrey Wang.
Among the pieces are Olivia Ong and Kathleen Segal’s “Gone”; Audrey Wang’s “Collapsing Clock”; Janet Sozio’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “Broken”; and Shyann Chalmus’ “The Awakened” and “A Little Mix Dream.”
For more information about Moving Company, visit https://sites.google.com/a/wellesleyps.org/whs-moving-company/home-1.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for senior citizens and WPS faculty. To purchase tickets, visit www.wellesleyps.org/performingarts.