Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Co. debuts in Sun Valley

Contemporary dance performance is strong and thoughtful

Express Staff Writer

The Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Photo by RJ Muna

     Robert Moses will present his current repertoire tour at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Friday, June 24, for a debut performance of the Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company in Sun Valley. The San Francisco-based contemporary dance company, founded in 1995, is an 11-member dance troupe known for its edge and prolific sense of style.

     “My work has been seen all over the country,” said choreographer Robert Moses. “We are a significant dance company.”

     Indeed, Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company is a rare treat and privilege to have in the mountains of Idaho. It will present several dance pieces at the pavilion demonstrating its long-lasting reign as a major modern dance troupe.

     “We are a contemporary dance company,” he said. “We are not laid out like ballet. Our mission incorporates how people see the world today and how the world is today.”

     Moses said the company is about presenting all things current and will perform several excerpts including “Fable & Faith,” “The Cinderella Principle,” “Approaching Thought,” “Hush” and “Towards September.”

     “Fable & Faith,” as the name implies, relates to fables.

     “It’s an update to some of the things we heard about as kids and what we wondered about with fables,” he said.

     Moses has two kids. Over the past few years his work has become more about connecting generations, as well as retelling, in dance form, some old stories that have been around forever.

     “We will present the first half of the show with lovely and powerful dancing,” he said. “Generally, we do multimedia. We are not going to be as big, but no one is going to miss the story.”

     Moses said the company likes to try out new things and try out new art. In addition, he likes to have post-dance discussions with the audience. The 17-year-old dance company features the beauty and athleticism of dancers. A variety of dancers and dancing, including hip-hop, ballet and modern dance, is in all of the company’s work.

     “We have something to share and we want to share it,” he said. “It’s about dancing. What I know is dance. If the dance is good, people will respond.”

     Tickets ranging from $19-$65 are available online at, at the Sun ValleyRecreationCenter in the Sun ValleyVillage, or by calling 622-2135 or 888-622-2108. Tickets are non-refundable and will be available at the will-call ticket office at 5:30 p.m. the night of the show.

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