Dance Show Report
On May 30, 2015, I attended a concert presented by Santa Monica College Department. It was a performance of Synapse Dance Theatre, which is the Contemporary Dance Ensemble of Santa Monica College. The breathtaking event took place at the Performing Arts Center located in Santa Monica. The founder of the Synapse Dance Theatre, Linda Gold, in cooperation with the artistic directors Jae Lee and Mark Tomasic and invited guest choreographers, Jay Carlon and Andre Tyson delivered a remarkable performance. Moreover, famous faculty artists, as well as student choreographers, including Tamer Abdo, Alejandro Perez, Jordan Slaffey, and Rachael Servello participated in the program.
The event was highly anticipated, as at 4 pm sharp the Hall of the Performing Arts Center was full. Throughout the concert, the projectors at the Broad Stage and the acoustic system of the venue strengthened the whole impression and experience of performance. The overall design of the hall is contemporary, and it capacitates 499 extremely comfortable seats. Everyone watched the dancing with an increased attention on the accompanying music. It was evident that every single person who visited the event had a unique taste and extreme passion for dancing.
I have found information on the Santa Monica College website, which recommended getting a ticket to the concert of Synapse Dance Theatre in advance. Furthermore, there were discounts not only for students, but also for senior citizens. The event featured such dance styles as house fusion, contemporary, classic modern, jazz funk fusion, contemporary jazz, contemporary ballet, and popping. It is hard for me to define any favorite dances that an incredible event featured. Instead, I can name some of the most breathtaking and memorable performances.
The contemporary performance, choreographed by the artistic director and professor at SMC Mark Tomasik, was notable. The famous dancers presented excerpts from 17th century opera Dido and Aeneas. It was a pure enjoyment for me to watch the piece, which Tomasik created in the cooperation with the SMC Music Department. Moreover, the Synapse Theatre dancers have already performed the opera piece at the Broad Stage earlier this month. The performance was appealing due to the idea of love and joy, which was expressed through the appealing dancing moves.
Another piece that impressed me was the one created by invited guest choreographer Andre Tyson. He was a leading member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He has already created an enormous number of works for the broad range of companies. The program featured his work Harmonium, which helps to find the comfort, truth, and peace with oneself and other people.
The Santa Monica College faculty choreographer Angela Jordan created a jazz-funk fusion piece called Rhythm Is the Essence, which was performed by three incredibly talented dancers. The pure surprise of the evening was the live performance of three percussion players, who accompanied dancing. Angela Jordan informed the audience that the rhythm had always been a power and essence of life, and people should own and value it.
Last but not least was the piece Another Day in Paradise created by Tamer Abdo, who began dancing at the age of three. It taught me that nowadays it is important to be strong regardless of life problems. The highlight of the piece was the live violin performance. I enjoyed it greatly due to the impressive combination of live music and dancing.
All things considered, it was undoubtedly the best dance performance that I have ever attended. The concert of Synapse Dance Theatre was even more inspiring due to the accompanying live music performed by students of Santa Monica College Music Department. The phenomenal performance of young students as well as experienced faculty dancers and choreographers made an overwhelming impression on me. Overall, the concert program composed by Linda Gold, Jae Lee and Mark Tomasic will always stay embedded in my memory. It is certainly a perfect idea that people could visit such a remarkable dance concert two days in a row.