MOMENTA: 35th Anniversary Celebration of Dance

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MOMENTA Celebrates 35 Years of Dance

MOMENTA’s Spring Evening Concerts represent the extraordinary depth of our diversity in dance. We present excerpts from ballets that began as early as 1830 and 1844, as well as a delightful Russian folk dance created by our ballet master Valery Dolgallo. Our anniversary celebration includes excerpts from MOMENTA’s first ever concert in 1982 – Façade, has poetry by Edith Sitwell, music by William Walton and choreography by Stephanie Clemens. We are bringing back the ever popular solo Fire Dance (pictured above) by Loïe Fuller, who was, in 1900, the most famous dancer in the world – famous for her lighting as much as for her dancing. Two more historical dance works: Sonata Pathetique from 1920 by Doris Humphrey and Ruth St. Denis, and a variation on an excerpt from Martha Graham’s 1944 Appalachian Spring. We are excited to present two new physically integrated works, by Ginger Lane and a solo for Kris Lenzo by Sarah Cullen Fuller*; and a premiere of a new work by MOMENTA alumna, Connor Cornelius. Another of our alumnae, Jessica Kondrath, set her company's (Jessica Kondrath/THE MOVEMENT) work, WADE, a haunting piece for seven women. And a rousing Finale by Anita Fillmore Kenney and Cora D. Mitchell will have everyone dancing!!

Saturdays, March 4 & 11 at 8pm
Sundays, March 5 & 12 at 7pm

The Academy is accessible to persons with disabilities

*This piece is presented by Bodies of Work and the University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of a 3Arts Fellowship. Additional funding for this project has been provided for by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Doris Humphrey Memorial Theater

605 W. Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60302