The Dance Department at DeSales University opens the 2015-2016 dance season with “Ignite: The Emerging Choreographers Concert,” a premiere program of new dances in which student choreographers explore creative ways of igniting physical action through their choreography.
Under the artistic direction of dance faculty member Angela Sigley Grossman, the division of performing arts at DeSales University is pleased to celebrate the opening of the Dance Department’s 33rd season with this annual concert showcasing our emerging student choreographers. From the choreography to the performers, designers and stage managers, the concert is entirely student-run. The Emerging Choreographers Concert is slated for four performances in the intimate Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the DeSales campus from November 6 to 8, 2015.
“It is in our Emerging Choreographers Concert that our dance majors get to spread their artistic wings, bringing choreographic life to visions that, up to this point, have existed only in their imaginations,” says John Bell, head of the division of performing arts.
“And this is a particularly fun dance concert because of the variety of dance styles that are presented. The student choreographers use the concert as a way of showcasing their individual personalities and artistic sensibilities. It is an incredible source of pride for them and because it is presented in the 187-seat Schubert Theatre and the concert sells out quickly. They love having their work seen by a large and enthusiastic audience."
Presented in the three-quarter-round Schubert Theatre, the audience gets to experience these dances up close and personal. “The Schubert Theatre is a marvelous space for dance. When the theatre is full, it bursts with an audience energy that is only compounded by the dance energy on stage. Hearing the dancers breathe and hearing their feet work the floor reminds us all of the immense training and hard work required of those who devote their lives to dance,” says Bell.
The program features six world premiere dances in genre as diverse as contemporary, ballet, and modern dance. Julissa DeJesus’ “Ethos,” a work that utilizes projections as part of its original visual design, explores curiosity of new environments. Emily Kline’s “10.02.06” portrays the journey a small community endured when faced with unthinkable tragedy. From heartbreak to healing, this piece explores the power of forgiveness. Choreographer Madison McCadden’s “Resurgence” is a modern dance piece ablaze with energy, daring lifts, balanced partnering, thrilling intensity, and intricate spatial patterns.
Jackie McCreavy’s “Peak” is a contemporary ballet piece, inspired by an individual’s journey towards self-improvement. Featuring a strong connection between music and choreography as well as compelling travelling patterns, the piece explores the quest for moving beyond potential. Choreographer Mary Kate Selby’s “Trinitas” is a modern dance work that explores the connectivity, characteristics, and concepts of the Catholic Teaching of the Holy Trinity. Through partner work, intricate movements and connective focus, “Trinitas” is a creative exploration of how three distinct beings make a whole.
Marla Wolfinger’s “Power to Endure” closes the concert. This modern dance is set to a voice over of philosopher, Alan Watts, and challenges the audience to consider that “you can't have a one sided mountain.” Filled with high energy, athletic, and dynamic movement, “Power to Endure” features dancers who are constantly moving in and out of the space in a frenetic attempt to find connection.
Performances are Friday, November 6 at 8 PM; Saturday, November 7 at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 PM and take place in the Schubert Theatre in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the DeSales University campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors for all performances. Tickets are available by calling the Labuda box office at 610.282.3192 or online at www.desales.edu/act1.
The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.
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