The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will present choreographic works by guest artists, faculty and students, showcasing interdepartmental collaboration in the repertory dance concert “Full Tilt 2004” to be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 19-21 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.
“Tugboat,” an intermedia performance installation, bathes audiences with the sensorial impressions of life on a Mississippi River tugboat. This work, created by Paul Schock, assistant professor of art, emerged from Schock’s two-week residency aboard a Mississippi River tugboat. Photographic images by Schock, text from Mark Twain, canoes, and lifejackets offer virtual passage on the muddy waters, allowing the audience to ride the historical and anecdotal currents of the great Mississippi.
Guest artist Joséphine Zmolek, inspired by Ernst Bloch’s essays on Utopian aesthetics and the mandala architecture of the Buddhist Javanese temple Borobodur, has choreographed “Anticipatory Illumination.” Patricia Reagan, chair of the Department of Art, has designed the set of 10-foot silk lanterns that light “the path”. The original score, composed by Robert Fruehwald of the Department of Music, is inspired by Southeast Asian gamelan orchestra.
“Doo Wop Medley” choreographed by Marc Strauss, associate professor of theatre and dance, is a dance suite choreographed to the pop tunes of the Doo Wop era of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Steve Hendricks, assistant professor in the Department of Music, will provide accompaniment for “Doo Wop Medley” with his newly formed singing ensemble “Cantus Choralis”.
Paul Zmolek, assistant professor of theatre and dance, has choreographed “Not Yet Become” to a driving score by the renowned new music ensemble, Bang on a Can. This athletically explosive work was designed to highlight the technical skill of the dancers and to evoke, through movement, the man’s ever-present sense of striving towards something better, fuller and more noble for himself.
Four works by students will round out the evening. “End Game” by Katherine Stricker of Springfield, Ill., is a choreographic response to Samuel Beckett’s existentialist play. “Mad World” by Heather Connell of Cape Girardeau uses the classical elements of earth, water, fire and air to ponder a world without humans. “Finding West” by Daniel Boughton of South Bend, Ind., is performed to an original sound score with excerpts from the plays “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and “Search and Destroy” as well as text written by Boughton. Lauren Peranich of O’Fallon, Ill., performs “Paquita’s Variation” from the classical ballet “Paquita” choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1846.
“Full Tilt 2004” will be an exciting aesthetic marvel which promises to appeal to all of the audience’s senses. Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for the public, $9 for Southeast faculty and staff, as well as for senior citizens, and $8 for students. Discounts are available for advanced sales only. Admission will be $10 for everyone the night of the show. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Box Office in the lobby of the Forrest H. Rose Theatre or by calling (573) 651-2265.
For further information, contact Paul Zmolek. (573) 986-7492.