Choreographers Collaboration Project Fall Concert

The Choreographers Collaboration Project (CCP) presents its fall concert this Saturday, November 6th at The Athenaeum in Alexandria. In addition to showcasing various works-in-progress and incorporating improvisation, CCP welcomes new modern dance company DancEthos as a special guest. Read what CCP member Lisa Torphy had to say about the Choreographers Collaboration Project and its upcoming show.

CCPTell me about Choreographers Collaboration Project and its members. Who is CCP?

Choreographers Collaboration Project (CCP) started in 1998 by Mary Jo Smet and Janet Stormes with a persistent idea and the desire to choreograph again. We currently have 10 dancers and choreographers and span four decades age-wise (20s-50s). Outside of the studio, we do a little bit of everything. We currently have two Federal government employees, one physical education teacher, two dance/Pilates instructors, one producer, one county employee, one non-profit employee, and two PR professionals – all joined together by the love of dance.

It says that you’ll do some improvisations with the help of the audience. Can you go into more detail without giving anything away?

For our Fall concert, we will do two improvisations. First, we will open the concert with an improv that will use the entire gallery, including the area where the audience is seated. During this improv, the dancers will build on individual shapes of the other dancers to create “vignettes” that are formed and then dissolve as dancers enter and leave the space. We are calling the second improve “Build a Dance.” The audience will choose the music, number of dancers, a prop and we will create the movement.

What can audience members who have never seen CCP before expect from the Fall Concert? What about people who have seen you before?

The Fall concert will be unique since we will perform in an intimate gallery setting with dance works created to fit the space. Choreographers chose smaller groups (duets, trios, quartets) and many are works-in-progress. We love the space at The Athenaeum because it is informal and allows the audience to be close to the dancers.

What made you want to work with DancEthos? How would you describe their style in comparison with yours?

CCP has always been about collaboration and creating connections between artists. We think this broadens the experience for our audience who knows us well and it is always inspiring to perform with other dance companies. We found out about DancEthos because one of our members, Silvia, teaches with Tiffany Haughn, the founder of DancEthos. We thought it would be great for both companies to perform at each other’s fall concerts to reach new audiences (CCP will be performing one piece at their November 20th concert at Joe’s Movement Emporium). We think they were interested in our spirit of collaboration and willingness to always try something new.

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Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

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