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Concert Showcases Faculty Choreography

Faculty Dance 2-00365The 2019 faculty dance concert, titled Momentum, will feature the choreography of five HWS dance professors who will transform Deming Theatre with set design, video projections, costume and dance. Performances will be held on April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m.

The concert opens with a solo created and performed by Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson titled “communion,” featuring the music of Guinean saxophonist Momo Wandel Soumah. The dance, Johnson says, reveals a series of conversations (conjuring nostalgia) and intimately communicates with the environment she is navigating through.

Guest Instructor Alaina Olivieri’s “Altered Story” combines contemporary jazz and classical ballet dance forms as performed by eight student ballerinas to an easily recognizable and iconic, but altered, musical score.

Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Iklé developed the choreography to “iLife” in collaboration with a cast of 12 student dancers. Set to electronic dance music by Mike Wall, she uses jazz dance, a socially-constructed dance form, to investigate how technology — specifically personal electronic devices — infiltrates our daily lives as we work, play and connect with others in a larger world.

Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier premieres “Tethered,” solo choreography performed among a web-like series of tethers that both impede and facilitate her movement in space. “Tethered” is funded by a faculty fellowship from the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice and is a part of the Center’s 2018-19 lecture/performance series, On the Move.

Professor of Dance Donna Davenport created the choreography of “Marvin” to showcase the work of soul singer Marvin Gaye. The piece will be performed by 12 students in playful landscapes that explore backstage spaces in the Deming Theater.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, including faculty and staff, and free to HWS students. Tickets are available at the door or at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts box office April 24-26 from 3-5 p.m.