MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOND: MODERN DANCERS MAKING STRIKING FIGURES by Heather Harper

The Clyde Fitch Report: Katelyn Simon

Back in June I experienced the insightful artistry of creative women outside of my usual medium. Striking Figures (subtitle: A Collection of Dances About Women) was a collaborative contemporary performance jointly produced by Harper Continuum Dance Theatre and Red Desert Dance Ensemble. It’s aim: to explore and to affirm the experiences of women everywhere, celebrating personal relationships, community and belonging, and the growth afforded by challenges and perseverance.

The performance, one of two given, took place on a Monday evening soaked by torrential rain at Medicine Show, an intimate black-box theater where I wouldn’t have expected one in Hell’s Kitchen. The first half of the program was choreographed by Cathy Allen, artistic director of Red Desert Dance Ensemble, based in Las Vegas. Collectively titled Not Far From the Tree, these dances were inspired by the vast and varied complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. In program notes, Allen offered that the work was:

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DANCE ALUMUS HEATHER HARPER ‘08 TAKES MANHATTAN by Heather Harper

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: College of Fine Arts, Alumni Chapter - Newsletter Issue 6, Fall 2017

With fast paced lifestyles and major competition capturing people’s attention these days, dance companies work hard to continue to gain an audience. 2008 UNLV Dance Alumnus Heather Harper’s Continuum Dance Theatre was founded in 2009. Heather’s work encompasses new approaches, whether site-specific; i.e. museums with paint and canvas, in a park with water, tied together, or in a theatrical setting lacking traditional processes. Building a professional modern dance company takes time, persistence and a vast understanding of the business of the performing arts as well any potential audience.

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CLOSING DOORS Photo Credit: Carolyn Lajara

EMAV REVIEW: ARTFULLY EXPLORING THE HUMAN CONDITION, TWO ENSEMBLES 'COALESCE' FOR UNLV DANCE by Heather Harper

Eat More Art! Vegas By Lisa Bennett - January 26, 2017

New York City based Harper Continuum Dance Theatre and Las Vegas' own Red Desert Dance Ensemble came together this past weekend to perform their intriguing and insightful concert "Coalesce," presented by UNLV Department of Dance in Dance Studio One at the Alta Ham Fine Arts. In meaningful collaboration the two contemporary dance companies take very different approaches in style and tone to an intense examination of the ways in which humans do, and also don't, manage to connect.

Their respective pieces are presented in two separate acts and include additional art forms such as poetry, spoken word, live vocalizations, and even live painting. And while the two ensembles do unite in harmonious coalescence toward the end of the concert, it's only a momentary convergence. As a whole the disparate styles don't quite blend, but contrast, perhaps, is precisely the point.

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