‘Spring into Dance’ to Feature Work by New York City Choreographer Larry Keigwin


by News Bureau on Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 4, 2013 – Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will continue the tradition of an interesting variety and diversity of styles when they present “Spring into Dance 2013” at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 and at 2 p.m. April 21 on the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage at Southeast’s River Campus.

“Spring into Dance” will include a brilliant dance program of wonderfully original pieces choreographed by faculty members, guest professionals and students. The event will feature the work, “Caffeinated,” choreographed by New York City choreographer Larry Keigwin.

“Caffeinated” depicts the reality of a Starbucks on every corner and explores the jittery, over-energized movement that arises from too much caffeine. The dance uses a mix of cheerleading, ballet and contemporary movement to create a fast-paced and lively ride for the dancers and the audience.

Janine Parker of the The Boston Globe wrote, “Larry Keigwin makes dances that are both quirky and sophisticated,” and his knowledge of pop culture allows “his wit to reflect this hip world with craft, style and restraint.”

The quality of Keigwin’s work has been touted as technically challenging, quirkily precise and compulsively watchable. His choreography has been described as a fusion of many styles that gleans inspiration from life, including anything from architecture, music, pop culture, human nature, the environment and the animal kingdom. Audiences adore his eclecticism, diverse background and fresh approach to contemporary dance.

Other works in the concert include a piece by faculty member and artistic coordinator Hilary Peterson, “For Those Who Have Loved and Lost.” The work uses well known songs by country music icon Patsy Cline to explore the world of relationships.

Dr. Marc Strauss, professor of theatre and dance, is choreographing two dances for the concert.

Strauss’s first piece, “Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo,” is a 17-minute contemporary ballet set to British composer Benjamin Britten’s masterwork for tenor vocalist and piano. Strauss choreographed the piece for 13 Department of Theatre and Dance majors in collaboration with live performances by Dr. Christopher Goeke, chair of the Department of Music, as the tenor vocalist and Jennifer Judd, pianist, with Alyssa Bolden, assistant professor of theatre and dance, as costume designer.

“Police Dog Blues,” Strauss’s second dance for the concert, is a jazz-and-blues solo for student Zak McMahon set to the pianist/singer/actor Hugh Laurie’s (of television’s “House” and “Jeeves and Wooster”) rendition of the classic 1929 blues number by Blind Blake (aka Arthur Phelps) from Laurie’s 2011 album, “Let Them Talk.”

“Spring into Dance is a wonderful mix of pieces that will energize you, make you laugh, and delight all of your senses,” said Hilary Peterson, instructor of theatre and dance. “This concert incorporates artistic collaboration featuring live music as well as an original sculpture. Audiences will be inspired by the artistic creativity and beautiful dancing they witness.”


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., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.