Two Southeast Faculty Members to Present in American Arts Experience Festival

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2010 – Hilary Peterson and Philip Edgecombe of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University have been selected to present original choreography in the 2010 production of “60×60 Dance” as part of the American Arts Experience Festival.

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is funding the second production of “60×60 Dance” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

Originally created by a New York choreographer, “60×60 Dance” is a combination of 60 new dance pieces, all performed to 60 new pieces of music, each lasting no more than 60 seconds.

Peterson and Edgecombe, both instructors and choreographers at Southeast, were chosen to present their original work from 600 submissions at the national and international level. According to Peterson, once the selection was made, an original piece of music was sent out to each of the 60 choreographers.

“We then get to create a new and exciting dance to fit the sound,” she said. “Whatever we choose — the production is fit together around everyone’s piece.”

Rhonda Weller-Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, said “The department is very proud of them. This was a juried event in which they applied and were accepted. They will be taking students to the event.”

Auditions will be held to choose the select group of Southeast theatre and dance students who will perform the piece. Peterson said “because the piece is only a minute long, the group performing will be small. It would be hard to involve 12 performers in one minute of choreography.”

Students attending the event will be exposed to a creative and unique presentation of choreographic and musical talents, a presentation they will know their professors helped produce. The show has been described by the New York Times as “Quite Mad, but the kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round…”

“The show is a mad house, but it works,” Peterson said.