If it's November, it must be Momenta

The autumn dance concerts are in full color, full romance and full swing

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

A powerful man hangs upside down from a metal tower and performs an emotional, choreographed testament to approach/avoidance involving a beautiful young woman.

A young Scot is lured by an enchanting Sylph in a haunted forest and leaves his intended to pursue this lovely apparition.

The artwork of William Blake springs to life.

Japanese figures float across the stage.

It's early November. Romance is in the air. And that means the Academy of Movement and Music must be holding its fall dance concert, a dazzling array of motion, mime, and melody — a meeting of the old and the new, clothed in flamboyant flowing fabric.

Dances for Autumn by Momenta, the Academy's adult dance troupe, features classic and contemporary choreography from the likes of Isadora Duncan and August Bournonville, Tom Trimble and Stephanie Clemens (the Academy's founder and executive director). Former students who moved on to professional dance careers return to instruct and choreograph.

Sandra Kaufmann, head of the Loyola University Dance Department and Sarah Cullen Fuller contributed new works.

Dance fans still have a weekend left to catch this phantasmagoria. Performances are Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Academy's performing arts space, converted from the old Bishop Quarter Military Academy gym, in whose building the Academy has conducted its classes and worked its magic for the better part of 40 years.

Those who would like to catch glimpses of future dance professionals can attend the matinee, The Empress and Her New Clothes, an original ballet created and directed by Momenta alum and instructor Sarah Najera, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The ballet is a reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, set to music by Mozart.

As artistic presentations of this caliber go, the tickets are a bargain — $20 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

The Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre is located at 605 Lake St. Park on Lake Street and wind your way in past the condos that now surround the facility.

For more information, call 708-848-2329 or visit momentadances.org.

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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