Denison Dance Department Concert Features Choreography by Students
Posted: April 7, 2003
The Denison University Dance Department will present its annual concert featuring the work of student choreographers at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 10, 11 and 12) as well as at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 12) in Doane Dance Center. "Six X Revisited" also will feature the work of visiting professor Angie Hauser. Ticket reservations may be made by calling 740-587-6712. Prices are $5 general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens.
The concert will feature six works; five choreographed by students in Hauser's choreography seminar, and one choreographed by Hauser.
"The Things She Takes, The Things She Leaves Behind" is choreographed by Kori Martodam '03, and is her first contemporary solo work. Sources for the work include her recent thoughts on and preparations for departing the Denison community. This piece is an abstract exploration of the self as affected and inspired by various physical environments. The ideas of sensual awareness, curiosity, and the unique nature of individual perception are incorporated into the piece.
"OpeN - EndeD" is choreographed by Jessamyn Schmidt '03, and features dancers Lara Ellinger, Kristie Proffit and Kate Schmidt. "OpeN - EndeD" integrates different geometric shapes and patterns with energetic movements and styles. Set to music performed by Yo Yo Ma and a medley of Turtle Island String Quartet works. The casual interaction between dancers highlights the laid-back, folksy attitude of the this music.
"in distance. . ." is choreographed by Leah Lombardo '04 and features dancers Katie Bair, Jen Guglielmi, Jon Lang, Dani Lebens and Kristin Lengel. "in distance..." is an introspective memoir piece dealing with issues of loss and abandonment. In the piece, dancers utilize lyrical jazz vocabulary to illustrate biographical experiences relating to interpersonal relationships. It is set to music by Sarah Brightman.
Choreographed by Cassandra Smith '04, "20 Years On A Tightrope" features dancers Patricia DiFranco, Jen Guglielmi, Aubrey Perlee, Simone Roberts, Cara Scarmack and Maria Vigliucci. The work is about living with the pressure of expectations that are placed on us from our peers and ourselves. The dance explores the tension this puts on our lives, and our need to move away from our stress and find peace. "20 Years On A Tightrope" is set to music by the Bill Frisell Quartet.
"Moyo" is choreographed by Anusha Jogi '05 and features dancers Elizabeth McNamara, Dani Lebens and Emily Stenken. This piece reflects happy days and joyful memories of the choreographer and dancers. Jogi invites the audience - with her use of ballet vocabulary and colorful images - to open themselves to the experience of dance.
Hauser's piece, "June Street," features dancers Kerry Farrell, Kori Martadom, Jessamyn Schmidt, Kate Schmidt, Cassandra Smith and Aubrey Perlee. Hauser made the piece collaboratively with the dancers, encouraging their input of movement material and personal experience. During the process the group shared their ideas of "home," and the transition away from the safety of childhood. The piece is set to the music of the deep south (Hauser's home), and rambles through a collection of backyard vignettes. As the women move through the space quiet solos appear and then are gone; duets emerge recalling our own connections to childhood best friends and summer time games.
Hauser, who tours nationally with the Bebe Miller Company, has been serving as a faculty member this semester in the dance department at Denison. Hauser is a dancer, performer, improviser and choreographer who continues to bring together diverse styles and techniques in her work. She has performed and collaborated with many talented artists including Chris Aiken, Lisa Gonzales, K.J. Holmes, Ishmael Houston-Jones and Elizabeth Streb.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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