The second half of Dragonfly Dance Experiment’s February performance, Rhapsody: A Collection of New Works featured a new work choreographed by Megan Morse Jans. “Like a Peach” was set to music by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant from the Raising Sand album. The music and the movement evoked a Southern charm which was inspiration for the piece. The costumes for “Like A Peach” were dresses in pastel colors made by Mrs. Morse.
The first movement was a solo danced by Brigid Myers, inspired by a performance by Megan Morse Jans while she was pregnant with her son Jacob. This movement represented feelings of a mother-to-be who experiences changes in every aspect of her life. The piece was set to the song, “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” by Alison Krauss.
The second section was a playful piece as tribute to Southern women who can take care of themselves. The piece was set to “Rich Woman” sung by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. It was performed by dancers, Janet Parker, Kimberly Kandra, Sarah Keller and Shannon Siriano. This work was inspired by Contra Dance movement taught to the Dragonflies by Kim Forry.
The movement set to the upbeat “Gone Gone Gone” sung by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, was representative of what it is like to have an infant. The piece featured all five dancers moving all over the stage in a furious attempt to keep it all together.
The final section was set to “Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby” by Emmylou Harris. It was a calm movement performed by all the dancers. This part of the piece represented the feeling at the end of a long day when you put the baby to bed. A wind down from all the mayhem when there is time to reflect on a fulfilled life.
The Dragonfly Dance Experiment (DDE) performance, Rhapsody: A Collection of New Works, was a wonderful experience for Dragonflies and Dragonfly fans. The performance included four works, "Bittersuite", choreographed by DDE Artistic Director, Megan Morse Jans performed by Dragonfly Dancers, "Thread", choreographed by Megan Morse Jans, performed by Annapolis High School Dance Company under the direction of Jillian Barber and "In Her Hands", choreographed by guest artist, Stephanie Yezek, performed by Dragonfly Dancers.
“Bittersuite” is wonderful work of DDE’s repertoire. This piece has been performed at the 2009 Dockside Dance and Maryland Council for Dance Festival. This work was performed by dancers, Brigid Myers, Charlene Gentles and Janet Parker.
The second work performed at Rhapsody was “Thread”, a work that is still in development. The piece is a flashmob, with this version translated to be performed on the stage. The piece was choreographed by Megan Morse Jans with input and choreography developed by the Annapolis High School dancers who performed the piece. Stay tuned for additional developements of Thread in 2010.
The final work of the first half of the performance was “In Her Hands”, choreographed by Stephanie Yezek. The athleticism of this peice had audience members amazed. This work was originally performed by Bosma Dance. The quartet was danced by Dragonfly Dancers, Brigid Myers, Sarah Keller, Janet Parker and Charlene Gentles.
Please enjoy these photos taken by Kimberly Kandra featuring “In Her Hands”.
We would like to thank all of our friends, family and fans who made February 21 a wonderful afternoon of dance.