July 30, 2010; Birmingham, Ala – Birmingham-based, professional modern dance company Sanspointe will present “Kinetic Canvas: A Dance Installation” at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Saturday, October 16, at 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon.The performance is free of charge and open to all!
The partnership between Sanspointe and the Museum began in June 2010 when Sanspointe’s Artistic Director Shellie Chambers began a conversation with the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood about the possibility of collaborating with the Museum to present a dance installation in their space…dances inspired by the museum itself.
Chambers felt it was time to do something new and unexpected following the company’s four-day run of “Primary Subject” in May.
“After our May concert, I felt that our company and audience members needed to see something different in our next concert.I immediately began looking for an unconventional space where we could perform that would inspire our work and expand our audience.” said Chambers.
Everything fell into place, and the company is now rehearsing five new site-specific dances that will be presented in “Kinetic Canvas: A Dance Installation.”Twelve Sanspointe members and friends are collaborating on these works, which include live music, spoken word and of course dance and art.The 40-minute performance will be performed twice on October 16, 2010, at no cost to the public.
In addition to the public performances on October 16, Sanspointe will perform on August 24th for UAB students, faculty and staff who have been invited to read the UAB 2010 Discussion Book, Outcasts United, by Birmingham’s own Warren St. John, and view the artwork, Mpanqui, Jimaqua (Brotherhood, Twins) by Cuban artist José Bedia. The artwork was selected by Museum staff to complement the book as it reflects many of the book’s themes. The performance piece is a collaboration by Chambers and Sanspointe Founder Michelle Hamff that features movement and spoken word in four languages.Three community members have been invited to perform in the work.
Sanspointe was founded by Michelle Hamff in 2003 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 two concerts of original and inventive choreography by a handful of Alabama dance artists each year, and has presented more than 30 original works by Alabama choreographers.
Under the artistic direction of Shellie Chambers, Sanspointe has been recognized as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization with ten company members, including dance artists, musicians and designers. 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 challenge its members’ and audience’s expectations of modern dance.
Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast supported by a strong educational program designed to make the arts come alive for children and adults throughout the region.