It's summer, so that means it's time for the annual Dance Place Choreographers' Showcase, a two-day extravaganza that presents the newest works by fresh, local talent such as Spider Kedelsky, Amy Chavasses, Lorena Racanelli, Monique Staskiewicz and Eric Hampton.
Hampton will be premering his just-completed "Brief Encounters," a 14-minute piece consisting of a series of emotional encounters by five dancers set to preludes by composer Alexander Scriabin.
"It's about the music and the dancing," says Hampton. "There's certainly no story. It is very important to me to choose the right piece of music, not as a piece for background but as an integral part of the performance."
However, he adds, "I don't try to hide the fact that these encounters are very emotional to these people. They are excerpts of life."
The movements tend to be more classical than modern. Hampton's background with the Netherlands Dance Theater and the Washington Ballet, as well as schooling at Juilliard, have contributed heavily to that.
"I call it 'contemporary ballet.' " He also says "it's hard to label, because it's a cumulative statement of all I have done."
The costumes also lean toward classical -- the women in tutu bodices with flowing skirts and the men in soft shirts and slacks.
"It's a pretty piece," he says. "Yeah, I think I like it."
The Dance Place Choreographers' Showcase is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $8 for members, students, senior citizens and professional artists. For reservations and information, call 269-1600.