CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 3, 2014 – A perennial favorite, “Fall for Dance,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
“Fall for Dance” will feature six wonderfully original dance pieces choreographed by faculty members, guest professionals and students in a one-act concert. The dances range in mood from creepy to thought provoking to humorous to all out fun.
“This year’s concert will feature the work of Geoff Alexander of St. Louis’ Big Muddy Dance Company,” said Hilary Peterson, the new coordinator of dance for the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We’re excited to have him with us. His work is energetic and innovative. Audiences are sure to love his work.”
Alexander ‘s piece, “Fade to Normality,” features a cast of 15 dancers doing intense movements and numerous lifts of several dancers. The piece also uses contemporary dance movement, highlighting the strengths of several individual dancers in the cast.
“The opening image of the piece is quite breathtaking,” said Peterson.
Peterson also said the concert will feature the choreography of new ballet faculty member, Michelle Ramos, who recently moved here from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Ramos replaces retired professor, Marc Strauss.
“She is a phenomenal dancer with a lot of professional dance experience,” said Peterson. “Her group choreography, ‘Acoustic Spaces’, is a dance for a large cast and is very thoughtful. Her solo ‘Mirror, Mirror’ demonstrates her immense talent as a dancer.”
Southeast students serve as costume designers for the concert. They are responsible for designing costumes for four of the pieces in the concert that reflect the message the choreographer wants to communicate.
According to Peterson, the designers must visit several rehearsals in order to properly understand the message of the piece. They then create full renderings of the costumes to present to the choreographer. Once the design is complete, the designer is responsible for constructing the costumes and making sure they complement each dancer.
“This process is exactly what it would be in the ‘real’ world and teaches the designer what the design process entails, as well as gives them an opportunity to practice their craft and creativity,” said Peterson.
As with previous concerts, pre-performance talks with selected student and faculty choreographers and performers will be held at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 21-22 in the River Campus Atrium in front of the “Inland Waterways: The Highways of our Heritage” mural. The pre-performance talks will offer audience members insights, prior to the event, into some of the pieces featured on the program.
Financial assistance for the event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.