Sarah Slifer Swift & Dancers will be presenting two works, Insenser (2014, premiere) and Invisible Stories (2013) at the Windhover Summer Dance Concert July 18-20, 8pm. They share the evening with Nahant choreographer Sallee Slagle and her Forty Steps Dance Company.
Insenser, named after an NSA surveillance system, is a look at the human response to watching, being watched, and becoming data. Power, trust, control and vulnerability take the stage in a work that is at once alluring and disturbing. Invisible Stories, a collaboration between Swift and Vermont-based writer and choreographer Kate Tarlow Morgan, is a performance piece based on the idea that the book, open or closed, occupies the inner and outer landscapes in which we live. The book is a place, a body of matter and manifestation, and it is also endangered. As part of the Invisible Stories performance, an installation for one of the Windhover buildings will be on display at the start of each evening.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theater's annual Dance for World Community Fest is a beautiful event. I've enjoyed going to as a spectator for several years now, and this year I have a quartet of dancers performing a new quartet, "Find me in the Dance Floor." To music by electronic music artist Mark Fell (http://www.markfell.com), the piece goes deeply into the roots of why we enjoy losing ourselves to dance. We perform at 5:20, but be sure to check out as much of the festival as you can.