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Andover Dance Group: Kommos and Other Dances

Start Date: May 12 7:30 PM
This event is open to the public

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Andover Dance Group in Kommos and Other Dances featuring Andover Dance Group and AnDance on Friday and Saturday night, May 12th and 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Steinbach Theatre. This evening of dance features four pieces choreographed by faculty members Judith Wombwell and Erin E Strong.

The anchor work of the evening, Kommos, is a lyrical song of lamentation set to the Pulitzer Prize winning “Piano Concerto” by composer Samuel Barber. Set in the round, the athletic and dramatic choreography features senior Sabrina Appleby with supporting roles by Hannah Beaudoin ’17, Kiki Kozol ’18, Blake Campbell ’18, and Alexa Goulas ’18.


Also anchoring the program is Particles of Memories, a stunning dance in three movements featuring upper Kiki Kozol. The dance explores the nature of memories and the creation of this dance was influenced by the healing properties of memories explored in the literature of Kate McQuade’s English elective “Rememories: Trauma and Survival.” This work also includes gorgeous costumes designed by faculty member Billy Murray and realized by the students in the winter term costuming class.

Rounding out the evening will be My Tango, originally choreographed by Wombwell in 1987 to music by Astor Piazzola and performed by Carra Wu ’17 and Romulus Sottile ’19, and Moby Dick, a rousing romp of a dance set to this Led Zepplin classic song featuring seniors Lydia Paris and Zach Ruffin.

The cast of Kommos and Other Dances includes Sabrina Appleby ’17, Hannah Beaudoin ’17, Isabelle Bicks ’18, Blake Campbell ’18, Yishu Chen ’19, Melanie Cheung ’20, Lucy Comer’18, Olivia Durrett ’17, Sophia Esposito ’20, Alexa Goulas ’18, Florence Grenon ’19, Emily Jackson ’19, Michelle Jeon ’19, Emerson Judson ’20, Kiki Kozol ’18, Caroline Lanteri ’18, Lauren Lee ’18 Samantha Lee ’20, Amanda Li ’18, Sophie Liu ’20, Anne McGovern ’18, Claudia Meng ’18, Willow Pae ’20, Lydia Paris ’17, Daniela Ronga ’18, Zachary Ruffin ’17, Francesca Santiago ’20, Romulus Sottile ’19, Zoe Sylvester-Chin ’19, Alice Tang ’18, Claudine Waggoner ’20, Suning Wang ’18, Francisca Weirich-Freiberg ’17, Emma Wong ’18, Carra Wu ’17, Safi Zenger ’20, and Michelle Zhao ’19. Kommos and Other Dances is stage managed by Hannah Berkowitz ’17.

Kommos and Other Dances will be performed in Steinbach Theatre on the Phillips Academy campus, Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets can be reserved by calling the Phillips Academy box office at (978) 749-4433.