Terp­si­chord hon­ors Cathie Kasch in spring con­cert

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Terp­si­chord dancers from Girls Prepara­tory School will honor their re­tir­ing direc­tor as well as the dance troupe’s le­gacy dur­ing their spring con­cert at 7 p.m. on Fri­day-Satur­day, March 6-7, in GPS’ Fri­er­son The­atre, 205 Is­land Ave.

Ti­tled “The Edge and Onward,” the show will be­gin with an homage to renowned dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Erick Hawkins (1909-94) and con­clude with a piece chore­ographed by Terp­si­chord’s re­tir­ing direc­tor, Cathie Ault Kasch. In be­tween, dances are set to mu­sic rang­ing from James Bay to al­ter­na­tive band Ka­leo.

“The ti­tle of our spring con­cert came from a lot of brain­storm­ing ses­sions as a group. We wanted to honor Ms. Kasch and the se­niors leav­ing, but also em­pha­size how Terp­si­chord will con­tinue onward and grow as a com­pany,” says Terp­si­chord pres­i­dent Jil­lian Tom­bul.

“We are ap­proach­ing the edge with our dances and try­ing to think out­side the box and hope to con­tinue do­ing that for up­com­ing years,” says the stu­dent.

The pro­gram in­cludes an ex­cerpt from “New Moon,” a piece orig­i­nally chore­ographed by Hawkins in the late 1980s. Guest artist Laura Pet­ti­bone Wright, a répéti­teur of dances chore­ographed by Hawkins, was re­spon­si­ble for stag­ing the dance. Wright has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to the work as a for­mer dancer for the Erick Hawkins Dance Com­pany. She also teaches Hawkins-based tech­nique classes that in­clude his prin­ci­ples of move­ment, aes­thetic con­cepts and philo­sophic foun­da­tions.

“Is It Time,” chore­ographed by Lawrence Jack­son, was cre­ated specif­i­cally for Terp­si­chord.

“I was in­spired by the mu­sic and the GPS dancers,” Jack­son says. “I wanted to cre­ate a work with move­ment vo­cab­u­lary that chal­lenged the dancers phys­i­cally and ar­tis­ti­cally. The mu­sic as­sisted in help­ing ful­fill this vi­sion, as it was rich with vari­ances in phras­ing, rhythm and tex­ture. Move­ment was then cre­ated to ac­com­pany the mu­sic and con­se­quently in­ter­preted beau­ti­fully by the dancers.”

The spring con­cert will in­clude a piece chore­ographed and per­formed by GPS se­niors Mered­ith Bevill, Ja­dyn Matthews, Katie Mil­li­can, Ruchika Rathi, Zoe Stamey, Jil­lian Tom­bul and Is­abelle Tor­rence.

The con­cert con­cludes with “Powaqqatsi,” chore­ographed by Kasch and set to mu­sic by Philip Glass. Powaqqatsi is a Hopi ne­ol­o­gism mean­ing life in tran­si­tion. “Powaqqatsi” was orig­i­nally a Chat­tanooga Bal­let com­mis­sion that Kasch has re­set in many places over the years.

The pro­gram is free and open to the pub­lic.

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