Beacon Dance bids farewell to Beacon Hill Arts Center with “Closing the Space”

Beacon Dance will present Closing the Space Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, 2012, at 8:00 PM each evening, in the Beacon Hill Arts Center, 410 W. Trinity Place, in downtown Decatur, GA. The performances are free and open to the public.

For 25 years, Beacon Dance has called Decatur’s Beacon Hill Arts Center home. On December 31st of this year, that will come to an end, as the Center ceases to operate as an arts center. To mark this transition, Beacon will produce one final performance in the studio theater, “Closing the Space”. Part celebration and part requiem, Closing the Space will feature performance, visual art and libations.

Closing the Space will feature the visual art of Martha Whittington, and the music of Jon Ciliberto, in addition to the movement and choreography of Beacon Dance and D. Patton White. The work is an expansion of the ideas originally explored in the site-specific deus ex machina, presented at MOCA GA from July 31-October 6, 2012. “From the beginning, I saw our collaboration as a multi-phased process that would begin at MOCA GA, and then move to other spaces around town,” said White. “Martha’s sculptural pieces have a certain timelessness about them, and can be interpreted in a multitude of ways.” Closing the Space will be an interactive event, with seating in the round, and an opportunity for all to share memories of the 25 years that the center has housed Beacon Dance.

Beacon Dance, in collaboration with the Decatur Civic Chorus and the Decatur School of Ballet, approached the City of Decatur in 1986 with the proposal to expand the arts presence that already existed at Beacon Hill with the visual arts studios in the rear of the building. All parties collaborated in renovating the original school library facing West Trinity Place into a studio and black-box style performance venue, which was christened with the inaugural performance in November of 1987 by Beacon Dance.

Beacon Dance adopted its current moniker after relocating the headquarters of the organization there, changing from the previous Decatur-DeKalb Civic Ballet. The move and name change reflected the evolution of the organization, originally founded in 1953, from a ballet-focused dance company to a more eclectic and contemporary-focused organization.

Beacon received word earlier this year that the City Schools of Decatur needed to re-claim the facility for administrative offices while other facilities were undergoing renovations.

Beacon will continue to remain a presence in Decatur, at both the CORE studios on the square, and at the Decatur Recreation Center, as well as continuing to present site-specific works in the community. Beacon will also shift more of its focus to its second home, in The B Complex, in the Oakland City neighborhood or Atlanta.

Beacon Dance is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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