Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 7, 2013

Andover dancers help stage PA original works

Andover students at Phillips Academy will be among those this weekend presenting (e)Merge, a choreographed dance concert featuring four new works by faculty members Judith Wombwell and Erin E. Strong.

The local students are part of the Andover Dance Group, the private school’s performance group comprised of its most serious dance students. Outside of town, Phillips Academy is known to most as “Andover.”

According to the Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance, “(e)Merge is anchored by a performance entitled Home created by the dancers and based upon their personal stories of human relationships. This work incorporates multi-media elements designed by Emmie Avvakumova ‘14, an original live instrumental performance by Alec D’Alelio ‘14 of Boxford, and a soundtrack created through taped interviews with each dancer.”

Dancers from the local area include Rebecca Cheng ‘14, Sarah Cronin ‘15, Emily Field ‘13, Sophia Landay ‘14, Vivian Liu ‘15, and Erica Nork 16 of Andover; Emily Ewing ‘14 of Reading, Abriana Mayer ‘14 of North Reading and Elizabeth McGonagle ‘16 of North Andover.

In addition to Home, three other works will be presented. The dancers will perform a piece, Close Calls, in which their movements are inspired by pre-recorded sounds.

In the Backseat is a quartet that features vigorous athletic movement combined with strong balletic lines.

Three dancers will also perform in a contemporary, lyric ballet piece that explores the relationship between personal connectivity and mathematical structures. It’s entitled 2.718.

The show (e)Merge will be performed in Steinbach Theatre on the Phillips Academy campus, tomorrow, Friday, March 8 at 6:30 and Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets can be reserved by calling the Phillips Academy box office at 978-749-4433. For more information visit

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