Sunday, September 25, 2022

Hinge Dance Co. Returns with New Show Thurs., Fri.

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The most unique dance show experience in town returns this week for its second show of the year with 11 inspired pieces and a number of talented dancers.
Hinge Dance Company returns with its seventh show, “Changes,” Thursday and Friday at the Powerhouse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 8.

Lydia Siniard, center, co-founded Hinge Dance Company in 2011. / Photo by Amelia Camurati
Lydia Siniard, center, co-founded Hinge Dance Company in 2011. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

Artistic directors Lindsay Fine and Lydia Siniard were dancers from toddlers through high school, but when they came to Ole Miss, there was less chance for young adults to dance in Oxford.
After graduation, the pair established the off-campus contemporary dance company to give students who were once like them the chance to dance outside of teaching at studios around town.
“Hinge is also an outlet for dancers who, like us, have danced their whole lives and, upon moving to Oxford, thought they needed to hang up their dancing shoes to focus on college or a career path,” Siniard said. “This was my original thought process that lasted for a mere 3 weeks. It wasn’t long before I was searching for any type of dance I could find, thus eventually prompting me to create Hinge and fill the dancing void that had been missing in Oxford up until then.”
Twice a year in the fall and spring, the company performs a number of pieces, all revolving around a particular title or theme. This year, the focus of the show is on the never-ending concept of change.
Lindsay Fine, an Ole Miss alum, returned to Oxford after a stint on the West Coast to enjoy her passion for dance and performance.
Lindsay Fine, an Ole Miss alum, returned to Oxford after a stint on the West Coast to enjoy her passion for dance and performance.

“Lydia and I powwow about what’s going on in our lives, and since we’re similar human beings and so close as friends and business partners, we find a similar theme that’s going on in both of our lives that inspires us,” Fine said.
Fine choreographed three pieces for this show revolving around different types of change and how it affects her personally. The opening of the second act, “Distorted,” shows that change is the only constant in life.
“Things change inevitably. Everything always changes, and nothing ever stays the same,” Fine said. “When I heard the song (“Summer” by Hayden Calnin), it moved me because it’s so haunting with the words, echoing the same thing over and over again. It’s about the support system of your friends through good changes, bad changes, panicking changes.”
General admission tickets are $12 in advance online and $15 at the door. Tables for two or four are also available for $40 and $70 respectively and should be reserved in advance by calling Siniard at (770) 655-1352. A cash bar also is available.
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Amelia Camurati is managing editor of HottyToddy.com and can be reached at amelia.camurati@hottytoddy.com.

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