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NewsPress Release: 9/06/01Dance Performance at Marlboro College is Poetry in Motion

MARLBORO, VT - Four dancers from Marlboro College will perform "Four Solos and a Quartet" September 28 at 8 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater.

The piece is choreographed by Marlboro sophomore RoseAnna Harrison, who says that the dances are inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Neruda, one of Chile's most beloved poets is known for the lyrical quality of his work, which motivated Harrison to "try to dance what he is talking about in the poems."

Juniors Alexis Brown and Emily Amanna, and sophomores Margot Fivash and Cullen Schneider will perform the piece.

Creating the piece has required a mix of intuition and research. "Before choosing the music or anything for the pieces I read a biography of Neruda's life, so I know where he was and what he was doing when he wrote each of the poems I am using," says Harrison. "I think that gives me and dancers a clearer picture of the meaning or intention behind each poem."

Harrison has been dancing since she was four years old, studying first ballet and then modern, and attended the American Dance Festival this summer. She was also a participant in the recent Marlboro College trip to Cuba, where she studied with a folkloric dance troop. She has performed her own choreography at Marlboro, though she will not be performing in this piece. She describes the choreography process as collaborative, saying, "the dancers are going to be heavily involved in the choreography because I want them to express the emotions in the poem the way they feel them, instead of imitating the way I feel them."

This event is free and open to the public. Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information on this or other events at Marlboro, call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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