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Moment in Time returns to Ashland stage

Moment in Time dancers, from left, Joyce Galvin, Katie Ali, Shoko Mann and Emily Wilson. Courtesy photo
Cellist Martin Watkinson. Courtesy photo

Moment in Time Dance Company returns to its Ashland stage Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, for the first time since the pandemic caused interruption, with a performance set to the music of cellist Martin Watkinson.

The contemporary modern dance company, now in its 26th year, will showcase six new dances, each choreographed by artistic director Rosalind Schrodt during the pandemic.

Schrodt first met Watkinson while he was doing a street performance in Portland four years ago, and knew immediately that she wanted to bring the “lightness and joy in what he played” to her audiences.

In a press release, Schrodt said she was at an outdoor weekend market when she heard Watkinson playing “hauntingly beautiful music” from three blocks away.

“It notably brings one’s mood up,” she said.

Watkinson, who plays currently with his band GAEA, has spent the past three decades playing across the Northwest. He has released several albums of his compositions, worked with Grammy award-winning recording artist Macy Gray, and provided seven songs to the soundtrack of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Seed, the Untold Story.”

When Watkinson moved to Ashland, he and Schrodt reconnected and began a collaboration that led to the new dance concert.

Schrodt will perform in the concert, along with company dancers Katie Ali, Joyce Galvin, Shoko Mann and Emily Wilson.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Oak Street Dance Studio, 1287 Oak Street, Ashland. Tickets are $20 at the door, cash or check only, and will be available a half-hour before the performance. Seating in the studio is limited.

In order to keep those in attendance, as well as the performers, healthy, COVID-19 precautions might be required. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a mask with them.

For further details find Moment in Time Dance Company on Facebook, see oakstreetdance.com or email at rozinthismoment@msn.com.