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Dance Featuring Muscles and Poetry at HWS

Major muscles of the body are highlighted by poetry and choreography by Claire Porter.

(October 29, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Dance/theater artist Clair Porter will present “Namely, Muscles” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Winn Seeley Gym-Theater on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Tickets are $3 for students, children, and seniors, $6 general admission. HWS students may attend for free, courtesy of HSG and WSC. Faculty and staff may attend for $5.

Porter's piece “Namely, Muscles” is a new full evening's piece with Porter portraying Dr. Nickie Nom, forensic orthopedic autopsy muscular anatomical surgical specialist, for the county, as she gives a reading from her new book of poems, “Namely, Muscles.” Her more than 30 poems enact 68 major muscles of the body. Poems include “Psoas – The Tender Bender,” “Gluteus to my Ears,” “Long in the Head,” “Just the Meat,” “The Rotator Gang,” “Names on your Nerves,” “Tongues,” “And Now a Word From Our Tendons” and more.

“Claire Porter mines the extravagant, arcane and mundane names of muscles, their origins (and insertions), meanings and associations to produce a witty, smart and delightful evening of theater,” said Madeleine Scott, director of the School of Dance at Ohio University.

Porter received her master's degree at Ohio State University, and began studying Laban Movement Analysis. She was later certified at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. At Ohio State Porter began a piece on a chair that led to the exploration of gesture, acting, writing and voice.

Porter taught at Grand Valley College in Michigan for three years, where she continued gesture work that included a piece in American Sign Language and a piece based on lecturing movement. Porter was awarded The Mather Professorship at CASE Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, taught choreography and Laban Movement Analysis at Columbia Teachers College, and currently gives workshops on text and movement, and choreography.