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June 12, 2014

Dance product on display Friday

A dance performance that seeks to explore the relationship between movement and sound is being developed in Cherry Valley this week, with a portion of the work set to be performed Friday.

“We hope to come up with maybe about a 15 (to) 20 minute excerpt of what this evening length piece could be,” said Amber Sloan, a choreographer and dancer who will be developing the piece with fellow dancer Jordan Morley, singer Hai-Ting Chinn and composer John Glover.

Both the residency and the performance will take place at the Star Theater in Cherry Valley, at the invitation of non-profit arts organization Cherry Valley Artworks, who are hosting the residency. In addition to the performance space, Cherry Valley Artworks is providing residency participants with monetary compensation, transportation and housing.

“There aren’t that many organizations who are willing to do something like this,” said Glover.

Glover said that he was approached by Sloan with the idea for the piece. He then approached Jane Sapinski, executive director of Cherry Valley Artworks, who presented the proposal to the organization’s board.

“They were looking for a place to do a residency,” said Sapinski, who said that the board signed off on the proposal about three months ago.

The residency began on June 11 and will conclude with the group’s performance at the Star Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Sloan said that the piece the four are developing, whose working title is “The Voice of the Body,” seeks to explore both voice and dance and how each can have an effect on the other.

The dancers involved in the piece will be Sloan and Morley, and the singer will be Chinn. Glover will be composing the music for the piece, which will consist of singing and sounds from Chinn and the two dancers. Glover will also be live processing the sounds the performers make during the performance, which might involve digitally altering them and/or playing sounds that the performers have already recorded.

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