At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, trideaDANCE, the resident dance company of The Ritz Theatre, is to present its seventh annual dance concert, "Spring Flinging."
The performance is to feature dance works created and performed by trideaDANCE co-founder Kathy Miller of Tiffin and guest appearances by Antaeus Dance Co. of Cleveland, The Findlay Academy of Ballet and musician Jeff Myers Jr. of Columbus.
Audience members can enjoy this concert without any knowledge or understanding of contemporary dance. The dancers have chosen movements and gestures from everyday life to appeal to a variety of audiences. Some familiar music and some original tunes accompany the dances. Viewers only need to take in the sights and sounds of the performance.
Miller has choreographed two new works, "Nauteated" and "Search Party," utilizing the talents of local young performers. The students gave input on the choreography in the compositions. Miller called the experience a "built-in workshop" to involve the dancers in the process of generating movements and using them to compose dances.
"Both dances are based on movements that they created, and then I sorted and rearranged and helped them develop it. So it kind of grows into a dance from all of our combined work," Miller said.
For "Search Party," Miller selected the music and turned it into a music visualization in which the movement reflects the music. That piece dramatizes the frustration of searching for a lost item and then forgetting what it was. Amy Barto, Jillian Hart, Lydia Mattingly and Rena Song of Findlay and Madelyn Utz of Bowling Green are the dancers for "Search Party."
"Nauteated" is based on an original composition by Heidelberg alumnus Myers. He is to play it live for the performance. Miller said it was inspired by adventures and mischief on the high seas. Performing "Nauteated" are Tiffin area dancers Kendra Bosse, Nichole Brose, Shaylin Dalton, Elizabeth Detray and Emily Eichhorn.
Myers also is to play electric guitar to accompany dancer Rena Song's rendition of the classic "La Esmeralda" variation, and he will perform "Sea Change," a musical interlude of his own work.
Miller said Myers and his band, The Weight of Whales, recently were invited to perform in a concert of popular Columbus-based groups.
"I originally worked with him as a student, and he created music for a previous solo that I did. I think he's great, so I wanted to work with him again," Miller said.
Two Tiffin dance teachers, Laura Schalk from In Motion and Heather Schalk from Dance Unlimited, are to dance in "Rhapsody" by Judy Reading. This ballet is set to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Also dancing in "Rhapsody" are Victoria Wurm, Usami and Madelyn Utz; and Findlay Academy of Ballet dancers Daniel Budke, Hayley Havener, Kristen Marincic and Katie Rustemeyer.
When trideaDANCE was founded in 2006, Marissa Glorioso collaborated with Miller to choreograph and perform. This year, Glorioso will not be dancing, but she is to serve as stage manager for "Spring Flinging." She is still affiliated with Antaeus Dance Co., which is to perform two pieces at The Ritz. Miller will have her own role in the concert.
"I'm performing a solo piece that I created this year. It's to a French song by Paris Combo. It started out as exploring movement based on words I pulled out of a cook book," Miller said. "It's about love of a hobby or finding yourself through a hobby."
She calls it "Danse au Sujet de la Cuisson," which means "a dance on the subject of cooking." The piece reflects a feeling of being pulled in too many different directions. Miller said she has a love/hate relationship with cooking - loving to do it, yet resenting an obligation to do it.
"Spring Flinging" tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, visit www.ritztheatre.org or call (419) 448-8544.