Flight is a spacious concept – a vision that can mean soaring, fleeing or journeying into the unknown. It is this illusive word that junior and senior dancers will explore during “Flight: Junior/Senior Choreographers Concert 2013.” The annual performance will take place on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winn-Seeley Gym Theater.
The works premiered at the concert are a culmination of the choreographic research conducted by dance majors and minors. The concert is a reflection of their unique voices, personal growth, choreographic approach and individual artistry.
“‘Flight’ is a fitting title, as seven choreographers present a dynamic program of diverse works,”says Kathy Diehl, visiting professor and dancer with the Bill Evans Dance Company. “I have been very impressed with the level of artistry, dedication, and creativity the students have demonstrated as they explored their choreographic voice, fully engaged in the adjudication process and collaborated with each other to create the type of concert they envisioned.”
“Flight, to me, represents a journey,” explains senior Jordunn Joubert ’13. “This concert shows the journey of turning ideas into movement and turning movement into polished pieces. We are extremely excited to share the product of our journeys with the community.”
One of the concert’s greatest strengths, Jourbert believes, is the breadth of styles exhibited. “These pieces are personal to us and reflect not only our choreographer processes but also our voices as dancers,” says Joubert.
Although the stage is nothing new to the dancers of this show, for many, this concert marks their first outing as choreographers. “It is both an exciting and nerve wracking event,” says Dana Florin-Weiss ’13. “We have all put so much time, effort and care into the pieces we have made – and into the concert as a whole. This process has allowed me to explore and combine the skills I have gained over the past few years here, and creating my two pieces for this concert has become a culmination of my work here at the Colleges; it has become a senior project.”
Audience members are invited to learn more about the thoughts and choices of the dancers in a “talkback” session held immediately following Friday evening’s performance. All are encouraged to ask questions about the processes and the dances themselves.
“Our show represents what many of us have been through in our time here at the Colleges,” says Maria Tarduno ’13. “The successes, the hard times – and most importantly – the getting back up.”
The performance is not one to be missed. “This concert is a beautiful reflection not only of their tremendous skills as dancers, but also their commitment to discover and express themselves through the craft of dance making,” says Diehl.
The concert is directed by Diehl, and student choreographers and performers include: Tristan Bartsch ’13, Kristen “Alex” Cragg ’13, Dana Florin-Weiss ’13, Jordunn Joubert ’13, Kathryn Lamardo ’13, Sara McKinney ’14 and Maria Tarduno ’13.
This concert is presented by the Dance Department. All are invited to attend and admission is free. Choreographers will be collecting donations for the American Cancer Society.