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Like a string quintet, the five dancers of Benita Bike's DanceArt perform with uncommon sensitivity to one another, bringing intense beauty and vibrancy to each delicately crafted, expressive movement. The company's work is known for its elegant performance, dramatic use of space and gesture to make sensitive observations on life. Benita Bike's choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement. For 35 seasons this company has performed near and far – from the California coast to New England and abroad – bringing concert dance and unique interactive outreach performances to audiences large and small.
Benita Bike's DanceArt has performed in France with Compagnie Diagonal' Danse and in Poland at the International Serge Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art. The Company has an ongoing relationship with the Oldham County Schools Arts Center near Louisville, Kentucky where it performs every few years in concert and in educational outreach shows. In Spring 2016, the Company completed a residency at St. Lawrence University that included performances on stage, in studio, and various master classes with dance and general studies students. The Company's work has been toured in western Canada by Dancestreams, a pre-professional ballet company, and DanceArt has been produced in concert by Whittier College, Yavapai College, The Fountain Theatre (at Los Angele Theatre Center), Brand Library and Art Galleries, Bradford College, Long Beach City College, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, The Newton Arts Center, among others.
Benita Bike’s DanceArt has received decades of support from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, along with support from various cities, colleges, libraries and art centers both in New England and in Los Angeles. Benita is a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Choreographic Fellowship recipient and a former Artist-in-residence at Massachusetts College of Art. She recently has received two ARC grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation.
"The DanceArt Company waxed musical when it appeared at the Assistance League in Hollywood recently [4/10/10]. Its director, Benita Bike, is as interesting musically as she is visually in her choreography." - Beverly Hills Outlook
Concert Performances -
1) stage/studio with performing area appx. 22' x 28'
2) sprung wood floor with dance flooring
3) sound and light systems
4) minimum 10 hours technical rehearsal
Interactive Outreach Performances -
1) clear floor space of appx. 22' x 28' for performers (ideally wood, but other surfaces can be considered)
2) additional floor space for audience
3) sound system
4) microphone if large space
5) minimum 2 hour technical set-up/rehearsal
Fees are negotiated depending on the specific requirements of the project.
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