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Dance Department press release   Date: 3/31/09 Bookmark and Share

Seniors Dance Concert a Night of Multiple Genres

Photo by Jon Crispin.

This spring’s popular Seniors Dance Concert will feature choreographic collages, double dance fusion, and ephemeral tumbling. Performances will take place April 2 through 4, at 8 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center.

The program of original choreography in genres of modern dance, tribal fusion, and physical theater marks the culmination off dance studies for  senior dance majors and minors Meleta Buckstaff, Lila Dodge, Cyndal Ellis, Katie Green, Mayra Hernandez, Leia Mae Hickman, Elana Silverman and Christa Whitney.

In “Like a Cloud to Carry You Through the World,” Meleta Buckstaff captures the feel of the onward rushing of our surroundings. Seven dancers swirl and crash around each other relentlessly, evoking windswept leaves and tumbling boulders. Cyndal Ellis unites modern dance and tribal fusion in a piece that confronts the male gaze on the female body, while Natanya Apfelbaum’s clowning duet challenges audiences to discover what demons may lurk in the subconscious. Elana Silverman presents a collage of contrasting movement and music styles, and Christa Whitney’s simple, subtle phrases eternally approach (but never reach!) the elusive space in the center of the stage.

The program also includes three works that explore personal growth through struggle and overcoming. Leia Mae Hickman’s “Re-discovery” examines what it means to be part of a community. Hiding behind masks but revealing themselves through mirrors, the performers show how we see ourselves in one another. “This Time, Hold the Milk!” by Mayra Hernandez connects audience to artist in a piece reflecting on the daily struggles we all face and the joy we find in overcoming them. Katie Green’s “Chiaroscuro” illustrates the light and the darkness of each person, exploring from an inside and outside perspective what it sometimes takes to get by. The piece investigates the dynamic between individual and group through chaos and slow motion.

Tickets are $9, general public, $5 for students/seniors. Reservations are recommended. Call the Mendenhall box office at 413-585-ARTS.


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