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Informal Dance Performance and Q & A with Matthew Cumbie and Betsy Miller
February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This whimsical duet by Matthew Cumbie (associate artistic director, Dance Exchange, Washington, DC) and Betsy Miller (assistant professor of dance, Salem State University) explores new possibilities for virtuosity in performance and presence, while challenging our expectations for post-modern dance with heart, humor and play. Cumbie and Miller play mostly true-to-life versions of themselves, charting their lanky bodies through quirky movement phrases and complex improvisational structures, telling stories and sharing snacks along the way. A discussion will follow the performance.
Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator whose choreography is described as “haunting, spunky and full of imagination,” (New York State Council on the Arts). Her work has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance and Fusionworks. Betsy holds an MFA in dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.
Matthew Cumbie’s work combines his interests in improvisation, engagement and activism, bringing a poetic approach to a specifically queer experience. He has been commissioned to create and show work at Dance Place, Triskelion Arts, Harvard University, Texas State University, and in cars and online symposiums. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
This event is free and open to the public.