Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the HWS Dance Department will host guest artists and instructors, as well as showcase the work of student and faculty dancers and choreographers.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017, students in “Composing Works: Music & Dance Collaborations” will perform themed improvisations by dancers and musicians at 4 p.m. in the Deming Theatre in Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. The bi-disciplinary course, taught by choreographer and Professor of Dance Donna Davenport and composer and Associate Professor of Music Mark Olivieri, is designed to engage students interested in collaborative composition with other musicians and dancers.
On Friday, Sept. 22, members of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen company will lead the semester’s first master class of the year from 3 to 5 p.m. in Studio 104 in Gearan Center. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is a classical ballet company that makes ballet accessible and relevant to 21st century audiences. While in Geneva, the company will perform the ballet Anastasia at the Smith Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets can be purchased here.
Camille A. Brown will present a lecture, “Artist as Activist: Dance as Social Activism” from 10:20 to 11:45 a.m. in Deming Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female. Recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues, Camille A. Brown and Dancers is a company known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality. Brown leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that connect history with contemporary culture.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Juel Lane of Camille A. Brown and Dancers will teach a workshop in social dance from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Deming Theatre. Timothy Edwards also of Camille A. Brown and Dancers will lead a workshop in social dance on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Studio 104 of Gearan Center. In addition, Camille A. Brown and Dancers will perform ink (work in process) and New Second Line, Brown’s homage to New Orleans post-Katrina on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 both at 7:30 p.m. in Deming Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission and are free for HWS students.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8, choreographer, educator and researcher Larry Lavender will join HWS courses in contemporary dance history, dance and music composition, and dance education, as a guest artist and scholar. His visit to HWS will also include a site performance. Lavender is a professor of interdisciplinary arts in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The annual Koshare Dance Collective performance will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Smith Opera House. Since its founding in 1971, Koshare has staged an annual concert choreographed and performed by student dancers of all majors and experience levels. The popularity of the event has grown beyond the bounds of the HWS campus and since 2013 has been performed before sold-out audiences at the historic 1,300-seat Smith Opera House. Admission is $10 for the general public; free for HWS students.
Highlighting the semester-long undertakings of the Dance Department’s students, the End of Term Showing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Deming Theatre.
Presented as the first major dance event of the spring semester, the Junior/Senior Choreographers Concert is tentatively scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Deming Theatre. The first senior choreographers concert premiered in 1996 when dance major Jeanne Schickler Compisi ’96 produced a solo concert. In 2010, the department opened the annual show to juniors and it is now a platform for declared junior and senior dance majors and minors who have taken classes in dance composition to perform their work in a formal setting. Eligible Dance majors and minors are invited to propose choreographic works for the concert and begin their work early during the spring term. The Junior/Senior Choreographers Concert is comprised of pieces adjudicated by a regional choreographer and Dance faculty.
The final performance of the semester, the Faculty Dance Concert, includes three shows at Deming Theatre on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., as well as at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Faculty Dance Concert features works choreographed by Dance faculty and ensemble works are performed by students selected through audition in the Dance Ensemble. Dance faculty usually perform solos, duets, and/or small ensemble pieces. Admission is $5 for the general public; free for HWS students.