From the ethereal to the visceral, the showcase Celebrate Dance 2011 promises to reflect the full spectrum of dance in California on Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Executive producer Jamie Nichols has assembled eight contemporary dance companies whose compelling new works will explore how people communicate with each other. Deborah Rosen’s latest work, “The Space Between, Before and After,” is an example of that.
Choreographed to an original score by Tom Moose, the piece is about the cycle of how we all make connections, Rosen said. It opens with the soloist Dana Vultaggio running lightly to each of five dancers who are standing still. As if she were a fairy queen, the soloist moves around and between the dancers, gently awakening them — and the cycle of life begins.
“The soloist is very present and alive, opening doors to the dancers on stage. It’s an ethereal world, where someone unexpectedly hugs, nuzzles and snakes through the space. The interactions become larger — solo, duo, trio — and the communication builds,” Rosen said. “It’s about how important people are in our life.”