CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 5, 2015 – A perennial favorite, “Fall for Dance,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
“Fall for Dance” will feature original choreography by students, faculty and guests artists in a variety of dance styles, from classical ballet to modern and from tap and jazz to hip-hop. This performance celebrates dance, shares the art form of dance with the Cape Girardeau community and promotes contemporary dance in the region.
“Because of the diversity of the concert, it doesn’t matter who you are, you will find a piece you’ll fall in love with and go crazy over,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Students rehearse five days a week, two hours a night for 13 weeks of the semester in preparation for the performance, according to Hilary Peterson assistant professor of dance at Southeast and artistic coordinator for “Fall for Dance.”
“It is an intensive rehearsal period that prepares students for the rigors of performance as well as life post-graduation,” she said. “The students work extremely hard to flawlessly execute the choreography they are given and to communicate the ideas of the choreographer to the audience.”
This year’s concert will feature a contemporary ballet choreographed by guest artist Elizabeth George from the University of Arizona.
“Her work is really beautiful. I think the audiences will really enjoy the simplicity of the movement and how ‘flowy’ it is. It will have a nice sense of community and flow between the dancers on stage,” Peterson said.
There will also be a pointe piece (ballet done with pointe shoes that allow the dancers to stand on the tips of their toes) by new Southeast faculty member, Alyssa Alger.
“The pointe piece will meld the contemporary and classical together,” said Peterson. “[Alger] is a really nice choreographer. We’re really happy to have the addition of more ballet and pointe work.”
“Just because you saw ‘Fall for Dance’ last year, doesn’t mean you’ve seen this already,” said Stilson. “You don’t see the same materials. Each year it’s a new production that is highly original and unique from any other or past concert.”
Peterson added, “Fall for Dance is a fantastic way to see cutting-edge dance without having to travel to St. Louis or Memphis.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting 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 online at RiverCampusEvents.com.