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"the sum of 4 / + one" with infinite movement Ever Evolving
written by Dance PVD
October 10, 2015
Dance PVD visited iMEE’s rehearsal at Festival Ballet Providence on October 4th 2015
iMEE (infinite Movement Ever Evolving), a contemporary dance company co-founded and directed by Spencer Gavin Hering & Andrea Dawn Shelley, is a force to be reckoned with. Originally established in Santa Barbara, CA in 2009, in recent years they have been producing work around New England. Their most recent evening-length work, “the sum of 4 / + one,” will be premiering on Saturday, October 10th at 8PM and Sunday, October 11th at 2PM, in the Megley Black Box Theatre at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. These performances will mark the company’s first full programming of multi-disciplinary contemporary dance offered to Rhode Island audiences.
This body of work is a conglomeration of solos, duets and quintets that explore a wide emotional range as well as provocative imagery. Throughout the work, their dramatic storytelling has allowed space for difficult and light matters of life to be explored, examined, and exhibited.
Every element of this work has come from a personal place, co-founding artistic director Andrea Dawn Shelley expressed, “the work involves different perceptions and how we constantly shift between the perspectives of looking within and out.” Also, when dealing with those difficult matters of life “that it’s about falling down and getting back up, shedding light on the strength of those around you and how strong they need to be. This constant struggle has become a theme for us.” These images and themes are woven throughout the work.
“the sum of 4 / + one” has been through several stages of development since work began in May of 2014. The piece was originally conceived as a series of separate duets and quartets, which the company has been gradually combining to form an evening-length piece. Throughout the process, short vignettes have been performed at various festivals.
This past summer, the company traveled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria to present 30 minutes of the work at “The Black Box International Festival of Theater and Dance” and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. They will be presenting the most complete version of the body of work, so far in Newport RI, this upcoming weekend.
It’s clear that the caliber of the work thrives on the collection of hand-picked dancers from around the country. “We are quite selective about choosing our dancers,” Andrea explained that, for the most part, she and Spencer invite dancers that they have met throughout their careers as dancers and choreographers. Currently, one of those dancers is a company member at Festival Ballet Providence and the others are artists based in NYC, dancing for companies like Armitage Gone! Dance.
Multidisciplinary artist Oliver Halkowich, a frequent collaborator with iMEE and a soloist with the Houston Ballet, has created a video landscape featuring two short films set to a variety of music such as Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Cesar Franck and Doris Day. These elements of visual and auditory stimuli contribute to the environment that the work exists within.
Be prepared to watch this performance with an open heart. Each of these incredibly accomplished dancers and versatile performers bare a part of their souls in this work. The emotional range, diverse and compelling, the journey takes us to unexpected places.
“We dance to actively engage, and inspire the audience’s mental perspective, to grow and evolve. The art of dance is primal…universal, and can be voiced through an unlimited amount of movement, Infinite Movement Ever Evolving.” –Spencer Gavin Hering, Co-Founding Artistic Director