Lewiston, Idaho – On Saturday night, August 16 at 8 p.m., the Clarkston High School Auditorium will be the scene of a concert featuring a multi-media approach to dance and music performance, as LCSC Center for Arts & History presents Genetic Tendencies - Thomas and Michael Schumacher in Concert.
Working independently in the fields of dance, music, and theater, the brothers bring their expressive forces together to present an unbound journey of light, sound, image, music, and dance. They bring with them Ellen Knops, master lighting designer and technician, adding her unique vision to this special presentation.
Michael Schumacher is a performing artist with roots in classical and modern dance. He has been a member of several groundbreaking companies, including Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, Feld Ballet, Pretty Ugly Dance Company, and Magpie Music Dance Company. Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation. He began dancing in musical theatre productions in his hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. After moving to New York, he received a B.F.A. in Dance from the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Amsterdam and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation worldwide.
Thomas Schumacher is a composer, conductor, educator, and performance artist. He is frequently featured as ensemble accompanist and conductor as well as improvisational artist and solo keyboard artist. His recent performances include ‘llumine' at Orgelpark, Amsterdam and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). His training includes Music and Theater Arts at University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, and College of Southern Idaho. As educator, he teaches piano, pipe organ, vocal technique, and compositional technique at Main Street Music Studio in his hometown of Lewiston, Idaho.
Ellen Knops is an extraordinary light designer who has worked with numbers artists from around the world. She has been working with Michael Schumacher since 1996, creating a wide variety of projects involving light, dance, music, and theatre. Throughout her career as a lighting designer, Knop’s has developed a unique approach to light and improvisation, making her a true maverick in the field. She has been teaching workshops at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, to share her vision that light can be played with as an autonomous element; light as movement, rather than a static aspect of the performance. In 2010 she received the “Jiri Kylian Ring” for her contribution to the Dutch dance world.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with ID. They are available in advance at the LCSC Center for Arts & History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston or at the door.
For more information call 208.792.2243.