Rhode Island’s newest and most exciting modern dance company, Aerplaye, presents it’s premiere performance, “Return”, at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium on Saturday, September 28th, and Sunday, September 29th.
Return features the work and dance of Aerplaye founder Heather Ahern. Well known to dance enthusiasts in Rhode Island and beyond, Ahern was also a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre of Providence, with whom she enjoyed a national reputation, touring and performing for fifteen years. Appearing in concert with Ahern are Aerplaye’s founding dancers: Jamie Arnold, Shura Baryshnikov, Sarah Hopkins, Kathy Gordon Smith, and Brittany Lombardi, with a cameo appearance by special guest Michael Bolger.
Ahern’s work is diverse, moving, and at times playful, dipping into performance art and referencing many genres of dance. “Return” features a total of six dances, including:
“There’s a Groove in My Jam”, featuring a rambunctious, humorous, high-energy, dance quartet, accompanied by a randy jazz saxophone composition.
“Voices” which finds the cast donning ornate full-length medieval dresses by designer Linda Milian, and performing to the music of a women’s a cappella group, “Zorginia”, (featuring talented Providence soprano, Ellen Santaniello), plumbs the depths of the internal lives of three women, at times seemingly trapped in their mundane roles, at other times empowered by their position in the world.
“Ascend” features the music of Beethoven, masterfully played by The Boston Trio. The dance is an angelic, balletic, fluid, perpetually moving piece, performed by a quintet clad in white silk, with costumes by designer Liz Carpenter.
“Utopia”, Aerplaye’s signature dance, utilizes free-standing, steel, hoop-skirt sculptures, adorned by the dancers.
Seating is general admission. Tickets for the event are $15 general, $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets at: