The annual “Women’s Works” evening of contemporary dance moves to the Rockport Opera House this year. “Women’s Work: Behind Closed Doors” will be performed Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at the opera house, 6 Central St. Tickets are $15 (cash only, at the door) and may be reserved by calling 323-8499.

“Women’s Work: Behind Closed Doors” offers new work by 10 female choreographers on the theme of relationship and unveiling that which is otherwise contained or hidden. Choreographers include Shana Bloomstein, Hanna DeHoff, Maho Hisakawa, Katenia Keller, Bethany Louisos, Kari Luehman, Helena Melone, Lisa Newcomb, Kristi Williamson and Jesse Phillips-Fein from New York City. Joining the choreographers will be musicians Jade Southard and Benjamin Noyes; and poet Barbaria Maria.

Pieces include Keller’s “Dark Matter,” about two knights who could neither emit nor absorb the light of love; “Status: In a Relationship,” a duet that expresses the modern day dilemma of communicating in a multitasking world; and “Stepping In,” an improvisation between Bloomstein and cellist Noyes. Bloomstein also collaborates with Louisos on a duet centered on the work of mothering; and is part of a high-energy trio with Luehman and DeHoff. The group piece “Awe” explores relationship dynamics. Maho Hisakawa presents “I’m always with me,” a solo; and Phillips-Fein presents new work on vulnerability and rage.

The evening promises to be a provocative and inspiring entry in a series that has kept audiences coming back for years. From Unity to Belfast and now Rockport, “Women’s Works” promised to move and inspire.

Meet the performers

Bloomstein is originally from Freedom and began moving in pre-school with Lisa Newcomb. She danced professionally as a teenager with Arthur Hall, Sara Yarborough and in Stella Dance Theatre. She continued her studies of dance at Hampshire College, where she met performing artist and educator Nia Love (Fullbright Fellow). Bloomstein moved to New York City to join Love for four years as an original member of Blacksmith’s Daughter Dance Theatre Co. She has performed and collaborated across the country with Phillips-Fein and Sarah Sibley, and she has studied in Senegal, West Africa. Bloomstein is a physical therapist assistant and LMT and teaches dance and yoga to both children and adults. She performs both as a solo artist throughout the state, as well as with the dance/drum collective Djump! and with the Terra Diddle Collective.

DeHoff grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport schools. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and of the University of Maine in Orono she holds a BA in German and traveled abroad for two years before relocating to New York City to pursue a career in dance and theater. She has studied ballet, modern, African and Afro-Caribbean dance. She has performed her own pieces as well as the works of choreographers Jane Comfort, Brian Simon and Joseph Ritsch, among others. She teaches modern dance and performs with Terra Diddle Collective.

Hisakawa took ballet classes from age 7 to 9, then forgot about dance all together. When introduced to West African dance at Penn State in 1999, a love was ignited and she has continued studying dance, both African and Latin. Since 2008, she has performed with Djump! and discovered a deep passion for creating pieces and learning choreographed dance.

Keller said that in much of her past movement work and in her current visual art, specifically the creation of the “Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot,” there is a focus on finding balance between the masculine and feminine, both internally and externally. Through her work with the tarot system, she sees the duality that exists and that is represented as the card symbolism proceeds in pairs of opposites with “masculine” and “feminine” qualities. Holding a healthy and strong feminine way of being in her life and finding her masculine strength to move my work out into the world feels like the most powerful thing she can do, and her dance and visual art continue to reflect this work.

Louisos-Daniels is a multi-disciplinary dancer who is dedicated to the accessibility of dance. She grew up folk dancing with her family and has trained in various programs her as an adult. She graduated UMass Amherst with a degree in dance and culture and had the humbling privilege to study with great movement artists/activists from around the world. She has been performing, choreographing and teaching with the Maine contemporary dance companies Collective Motion and Bell and Buoy Physical Theater in Portland.

Melone has trained extensively in many styles of “belly” dance including Turkish Roman as well as flamenco, studying throughout the

United States as well as in Egypt, Turkey and Spain. She is an international teacher and performer; has taught her signature Flamenco-Belly fusion widely in both the U.S. and U.K; and was interviewed for her knowledge of flamenco for the novel “Flamenco Academy,” as well as for Oprah magazine. An arts educator with an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Dance Therapy from Lesley University, her work in schools focuses on teaching Andalusian dance, music and culture, as well as helping fourth graders learn the hard science of local ecosystems through interactive experience and movement

Maria is the author of two books of poetry, “Crossing Time” and “palace Boulevard”; and “108 Names — Poems to the Divine,” a CD of poems with music by Jeff Densmore. Her recent work, “Soul Migration,” is a multimedia installation of image, sound and poetry. Maria is a consultant to writers and other artists at all stages of the creative process, and she also leads workshops and groups for experienced and beginning writers, as well as a writing and

meditation series.

Newcomb is a teacher, dancer and the director and owner of the Belfast Dance studio for the past 25 years.

Phillips-Fein is from Brooklyn, N.Y. She studied modern and post-modern dance at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Smith College and Laban Centre in London, England, and currently studies Haitian, Cuban and West African dances from teachers Peniel Guerrier, Richard Gonzalez and Nia Love. Her own choreography has been produced at many NYC theaters. In addition to her own work, she has collaborated and performed with other choreographers in spaces and places from rooftops to city piers. She has taught dance to people of all ages and backgrounds in many different settings. She currently teaches middle and high school dance at Brooklyn Friends School.

Williamson is a transformational theater teacher, singer/songwriter, choreographer and performer with Terra Diddle Collective. Her passion for artistic expression, creative expansion and personal evolution provide the foundation for her teachings. She has a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University; and took a one-year spiritual pilgrimage in India to explore dance and yoga. She is a certified Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teacher as well as a devotional music artist. She recently completed a year-long study with dance pioneer Anna Halprin.

Originally from Maine, Noyes studied in Boston before leaving for San Francisco at age 15 to participate in San Francisco Conservatory’s preparatory division while attending SOTA, an arts magnet high school. After graduating, he was selected by Yo-Yo Ma to perform as soloist and recitalist throughout China with the Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzen and Shanghai symphony orchestras. He received his BM from Rice University and his MM from Northwestern University playing under numerous maestros including Pierre Boulez. His more recent projects see him headlining as jazz cellist in Quartet MUS; cellist of Les Sorciers Perdue, a visionary collaboration featuring the works of trumpet player/composer Mark Tipton; and continuing classical performances as founding member of The Longfellow Trio and The Island Chamber Players. Here, in Part Time Buddhas, he materializes as composer/improviser, displaying spontaneous absorption of evocation and contradiction effusing referential sonic landscaping in conjunction with the poetry of poet/activist Gil Helmick.

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