Friday frolic: Movers and shakers at McGuffey

Come the first Friday evening of every month, and the McGuffey Center is abuzz with arts enthusiasts. The local artist co-op stays open late for visitors to wander into studios and galleries and talk with painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, and performers of every stripe while sipping wine or punch and nibbling crackers.
On February 7, the Miki Liszt Dance Company, one of the Center's resident artist groups, will provide a movement exhibition featuring two local dancer/choreographers, Lauren Spivey and Bridget Mitchell. Drop in and observe, hang around and ask a few questions, or offer your impression of the performance. It's your chance to meet the artists and find out more about their work.
The Miki Liszt Dance Company performs locally, conducts workshops with guest artists, and offers lectures and demonstrations in nursing homes, schools, hospitals, libraries, and museums. Its mission is to expose audiences to new currents in dance performance while giving regional dancers the opportunity to create and perform new work. The company also sponsors the annual Community Children's Dance Festival in the spring.
Dancer Bridget Mitchell is often seen around Charlottesville kicking up stage dust in musical revues that highlight her jazz moves and singing voice. She switches genres for her appearance at McGuffey, where she will perform three short pieces with a modern dance sensibility–the first to a sensual Renaissance instrumental, the second to a folk spiritual sung live by the group "Love Spirit." The third is a theater-dance piece, a kinesthetic monologue expressing the trials of forging ahead emotionally and artistically while remaining grounded in the everyday responsibilities of family life.
Lauren Spivey will perform her latest piece, “Water Falls in Wanderlust,” with fellow dancers Risa Golubuff and Aaron Wine. A recent graduate of James Madison University, where she studied dance and philosophy, Spivey has an affinity for improvisation and contact improv. The buckets she used to collect water in her shower during the recent drought initially inspired “Water Falls.” In it the dancers explore the ideas of rain, rivers, and airplanes through both choreographed movement and structured improvisation.
Plan ahead for a Friday night outing to take in all the McGuffey Center has to offer, and be sure to stop by for a little exploration of modern movement with Miki Liszt’s dancers.


Mitchell and Spivey perform Friday, February 7, at 7pm in Studio #20 at the McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. $4 at the door. 973-3744.

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