Grains is a work that focuses on four dancers performing throughout four scenes, all of which center on the use of lighting and organic materials to create a strong visual impact for the audience. Using a set piece that creates a continual stream of sand falling from the rafters upon the stage, this work creates the impression of the sun's passage and expands upon the concept of the hourglass to explore the subject of time. With a sound-score by Jeffrey Dorfman, the compelling music and thought-provoking imagery of the piece serves to capture the attention of the audience, also using wit and humor to provide thematic development and a connection of the shared human experience.
Adriane Fang is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) with a keen interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration. Recent projects include teaming up with fellow TDPS members Jared Mezzochi, Robert Denton, and J.D. Madsen to create a flash mob for Connect4Climate at the World Bank that featured images projected directly upon the banker/dancers. Gravity, a dance presented in the Fall 2012 Maryland Dance Ensemble Concert, brought together an alliance with Professor Cole Miller of the UMD Astronomy Department and Dr. Umberto Cannella of the UMD Physics Department as well as interactive projections designs by Drew Kaufman, costumes by Kate Fulop, and lighting by Paul D. Jackson. Last season, Adriane was the director of the Spring Maryland Dance Ensemble Concert for the second time and performed Alvin Mayes' While Waiting in fall MDE and the Baltimore Dance Invitational Showcase. This past summer, she taught at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City and studied with somatics master-teacher Irene Dowd. Formerly a 10-year member of Doug Varone and Dancers, Adriane is the proud recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie").