Dances Fall

Sanspointe is pleased to present Dances Fall Friday, October 9th through Sunday October 11th at the CDF Studio Theatre in Birmingham, featuring new and favorite works choreographed by Sarah Barry, Lynn Bowman, Shellie Chambers, Michelle Hamff, Allison Hetzel, Rhea Speights and New York City-based guest artist David Apell. Preshow live music will be performed by the group Abram and Sarah, who will also provide the accompaniment for a solo dance performance in the second half.
Included in Dances Fall is “It’s Only Paper” with dancers costumed in paper dresses and “Trick or Treat Me Like a Fool,” featuring four masked characters, both by Speights. Speights will also perform a solo to music performed live by the local folk music group Abram and Sarah. Chambers’ recent works “Retrospect” to music by Robert Een, Sigur Ros and Mickey Hart, and the solo “Burden of Choice” to music by Mogwai will also be performed. New to the group from Iowa, Lynn Bowman, has set a lively work for three dancers that will open the second half. Hamff’s “Neruda No. 5,” features five solos to poems by Pablo Neruda.
Also featured on Friday and Sunday only is a solo performance by guest artist David Appel. On Saturday evening only, Tuscaloosa-based artists Barry and Hetzel will perform their collaborative new work that recently premiered in Switzerland titled, “so you want me always to paint flowers…”. Appel will also teach a master class at Children’s Dance Foundation on Saturday, October 10th at 2pm open to the community.
Connecting to the community is part of Sanspointe’s mission. Fine arts students at Vestavia High School will get a sneak peek of Dances Fall on September 15th with a performance at their school. The company will also take Dances Fall to Tuscaloosa later in October for a public performance at The University of Alabama, where many of Sanspointe’s artists graduated. Company members will speak to the dance majors in their weekly convocation at UA preceding the performance. Chambers, Artistic Director of Sanspointe, is excited to provide an opportunity for students to see local professionals working in dance and the arts.
Chambers said, “It takes a lot of motivated and committed people to keep a professional dance company going. Many of our company members work other jobs full-time, some are mothers, a few attend graduate school, and several travel an hour for rehearsals. Each of us is passionate about presenting modern dance for Birmingham audiences.”
Sanspointe was founded by Michelle Hamff in 2003. Hamff said, “I wanted to present a modern dance concert, and that’s how it all started.” Today, the company exists to provide choreographers and dancers with an opportunity to create new work, collaborate artistically and present high-quality modern dance performances for the community. Sanspointe presents at least one concert of original choreography each year for audiences in its hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, and performs at events during the year around the Southeast.
Under the artistic direction of Shellie Chambers, Sanspointe has been recognized as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization, with 18 company artists and seven members on its board of directors and is campaigning now for financial support. Sanspointe’s members bring a diversity of interests, experiences and talents to the company. This unique fusion of artistic ideas and inspirations allows Sanspointe to constantly evolve and challenges its members and the audience’s expectations of what modern dance is.
Dances Fall will be performed in an intimate theatre setting at Children’s Dance Foundation’s Community Arts Center Studio Theatre in Downtown Homewood (1715 27th Court South) May 28-31. Tickets, $10, can be purchased online at and at the door. Seating is limited.