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Dancing People Dance Company

Dancing People Company will present "Salon Series" a modern dance performance that will provide an in-depth look at dance and how it communicates. The Rogue Valley modern dance company will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday April 28; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday April 29, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, Ashland.

The concert consists of duets and trios designed to be both accessible and thought-provoking. DPC's artistic directors Robin Stiehm and Peggy Paver will introduce each piece giving the audience insight into what they are about to see. At the end of the show the audience will be free to join in a discussion.

The performance includes classics and premieres by Paver and Stiehm:

Give/Get/Take this DPC signature piece is a relentless trio about power inequities in relationships. The intricate partnering clearly illustrates emotional turmoil, while at the same time displaying the dancers' virtuosity.

(A)Lone an exploration of the difference between being alone, and being lonely, as manifested in a relationship between one older and one younger woman.

In a Room, Gambling a witty, subtle study on taking (or not taking) emotional risk.

Ascending Uluru an exhilarating piece invoking images of the landscape and culture of Aboriginal Australia.

Common Couples Dances a quirky look at one couple's time warp of "what ifs?...." Four dancers representing two people, explore two possible paths their actions and reactions can lead them down.

Performers for the Salon Series will include Eric Boone, Katie Brown, Krista Langberg, Alonzo Moore, Marion Moore, Nicole Porcaro and Robin Stiehm.

Stiehm has performed professionally for over 35 years, dancing everything from the ballet classics to the most cutting-edge modern work created on her by nationally renowned choreographers. She founded Dancing People Company in 1994. The company relocated to the Rogue Valley in 2002 and has since performed at the Craterian Theater, the Mountain Avenue Theatre and in the Celebration of the Human Spirit concerts and toured in the Pacific Northwest. Before moving to Oregon, DPC performed extensively in their original home of Minnesota. DPC has also toured throughout Eastern Europe and Japan.

Paver joined the company in 2005 as co-artistic director, bringing her expertise in dance education and community outreach to the company. Paver was a senior choreographer of ZUZI Dance Company and the director of University High School's dance program in Tucson, AZ prior to moving to Ashland in 2003. She has created dances for professional and avocational dancers from ages 10 to 65. Her works have been shown across the Western U.S. and Central Australia. She currently teaches dance at Ashland High School and SOU, in addition to her work with DPC.

Tickets are $15 and are available at The Music Coop, Ashland, or online at .

Call 941-6282.