Rebecca Rice, a dancer and choreographer who teaches modern dance at MIT, will present the world premier of "Deep Dances," a work set to music composed by Institute Professor John Harbison, on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m.
Rice's company, Rebecca Rice Dance, mixes modern dance and classical ballet. Dancers for the upcoming performance include Cydney Nielsen, a graduate student in biology, and Michelle Machon, a graduate student in brain and cognitive sciences and 2004 MIT graduate.
The concert will also include "Echoes" (2004), a piece choreographed to MIT lecturer Elena Ruehr's "Shimmer" (1997).
Rice's troupe will perform as part of the renowned Bank of Boston Celebrity Series. Their concert will be held at the Tsai Performance Center (Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston).
Rice has a sterling modern dance pedigree -- her grandmother studied with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, and her aunt was Merce Cunningham's lead dancer for 20 years. Her company is known for its eclectic, vivid style.
Cello e Basso, composed of cellist Emmanuel Feldman and double bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, will perform live music for the Harbison compositions for "Deep Dances" and "Stratas" (2004), a dance created to Harbison's 1994 composition "Suites for Solo Cello," as well as other works on the program.