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Timeless Dances

  • Western Sky Studio 2525 Eighth Street Berkeley, CA 94710 United States (map)

Terrain will mark its 16th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 with a weekend of performances entitled Timeless Dances. Veteran choreographers and collective members Ruth Botchan, Jim Beatty, Mary Reid, and Ann Swigart will present new works on love, loss, aging, art Photographer Treve Johnson will exhibit his unique photographs in the lobby.

Terrain, founded in 1997, is an extraordinary performance collective, both for its longevity and its diverse veteran artists.

The offerings for Timeless Dances are:

The Ruth Botchan Dance Company will perform two pieces. Composition XII, inspired by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and is a lively tribute to the great artists, composers and choreographers of the twentieth century who showed us new ways of seeing, hearing and dancing. Slow Movement, a premiere inspired by Ruth Botchan’s 98-year-old mother takes a look at old age.

Jim Beatty creates dance theatre pieces with humor and feeling. He willperform Paigisms – The Wit And Wisdom of Satchel Paige, the legendary baseballpitcher, and Its Never Too Late To Wait - The return of TimeFly.

Treve Johnson, photographer and Terrain member, will display several of his dance panoramas as well as copies of his book Timeless Dances Volume One, and a short video presentation based on images in the book.

Mary Reid will perform a dance that combines her love of dance-theater withgesture and pedestrian movement.

Ann Swigart -- dancer, choreographer, and musician -- will perform two pieces.What of the Mother is a dance that depicts the grief of losing a child to war, set inthe Civil War era. This State is a co-creation with fellow Terrain member Mary Reid. It is a dance of joy, love, and friendship.

From The East Bay Express: “The emotional intelligence of the evening was straightforward and unpretentious…the rich thoughtfulness and solid craft of the dances by Terrain…shared a grass-roots sensibility of the art object as an intimate, flawed thing of integrity and beauty.”


PROGRAM: Timeless Dances, an evening of dance and performance art
WHO: Terrain, a Dance and Performance Collective, celebrating its 16th Anniversary season
WHEN: Saturday, May 11 at 8pm & Sunday, May 12 at 7pm.
WHERE: Western Sky Studio, 2525 Eighth Street #13A (at Dwight) in Berkeley, CA 94710

Tickets: $18.00 at

$20 at the door



Earlier Event: May 11
Timeless Dances
Later Event: July 25
Creative Body Alignment Workshop