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Movement based on mood

Ideas rule the dance of Moving Current, a group whose performances exhibit physical constructs that range from serious philosophy to silly fun.

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 24, 2002

TAMPA -- Eschewing the last century's focus on fairy tales and fantasy, modern dance is all about ideas.

"It's the thought, the purpose that I care about," says Erin Cardinal, one of the three co-founders of Moving Current, a loosely bonded group of choreographers and dancers entering their fifth season together. "And my purpose may be to make you think or simply laugh out loud."

The latter may be the case with guest choreographer D. Chase Angier's Wild Kingdom. The New York choreographer's piece deals with "survival of the fittest both at the dinner table and while bird-watching," set to Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

Angier and Peter Kalivas of New York's Sean Curran Dance Co. are joined in the program by University of South Florida dance professor Lynn Wimmer, who offers a piece inspired by a Bosnian tragedy. In addition, the program features Cardinal's work, set to music by Phillip Glass, which she describes as "out there on the edge."

"My purpose in Leaning Against the Sun," says Cardinal, "is to ride the danger line where gravity almost wins."

The dancers and choreographers, who've been rehearsing for weeks without pay, say they're committed eventually to touring Moving Currents outside the Tampa Bay area.

"Our audience is growing and like our name, we want to channel our dance in and out of our home area. What can I say; we're just full of ideas," laughs Cardinal.

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Moving Current: Falling Within, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Building, Palm Avenue and 14th Street, Ybor City. $12, $6 seniors and students. (813) 237-0216.

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