Adele Myers and Dancers defy gravity

Adele Myers' latest dance piece - wonderfully titled "Einstein's Happiest Thought" - deals with "the charged state of imbalance."

There's clearly beauty in falling and flying and risking. Adele Myers and Dancers perform the piece Saturday at Connecticut College, which is where Myers was a visiting assistant professor from 2006 to June 2013.

"Einstein's Happiest Thought" isn't only dance. It brings into the mix film, music and scripted performance as well. The impetus for the piece came from a personal place: Myers was inspired by her own fear of heights to take part in trapeze school. Another source for "Einstein" was an Blanche Boyd's essay on skydiving; Boyd, Conn College's Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence, collaborated on this performance piece with Myers.

This performance is the first of this year's onStage series, which includes everything from Laurie Anderson on Feb. 27 to Imani Winds on Nov. 8 to Pick Up Performance Co(s)'s "Not What Happened" on Oct. 5.

One change to this year's onStage series is the start time: 7:30 p.m. instead of 8. Robert Richter, director of arts programming for Conn, says they learned that audiences have altered how they go out for evening shows - hence the time switch. (The Feb. 16 concert by pianist Orion Weiss, though, is at 3 p.m.)


Adele Myers and Dancers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Palmer Auditorium, Connecticut College, New London; $24, $21 seniors, $12 students; (860) 439-ARTS.


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