All this week, dancers from around the country have been in Sarasota for Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s Summer Intensive. Some of them are students who are taking classes for 12 hours a day. Others are choreographers who are working on new pieces.
The week comes to a culmination Saturday with “In the Round,” SCD’s annual summer concert that presents new works by emerging choreographers and from dancers from the company.
It’s presented in the Black Box Theater at New College, an intimate space with only about 60 seats. As the program’s title suggests, the seats are configured around the performance area,
The company dancers who have pieces in this year’s program are Benjamin Howe, Natalie Robison and Melissa Hull. It’s the first time Howe and Hull have created pieces for Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Both, in fact are just finishing their first year as dancers with the company. Hull, in fact, took part in the Summer Intensive as a student last year. She liked the company and the company liked her work and invited her to become a member. Robison is in her second year with SCD and has choreographed for the company before.
The emerging choreographers are Annamaria Diamant, who grew up on Anna Maria Island and now lives in New York City; Michigan-based choreographer Jessica G. Thomas; Samantha Pazos, whose work often touches on her Cuban-American and Miami roots; and Austin, Texas, choreographer Wendy Rucci, a former dancer with SCD when it was known as Fuzion.
Details: 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 30, New College of Florida Black Box Theater in Hamilton Center, 5850 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. $25. sarasotacontemporarydance.org.