Variety of Styles to be Displayed in ‘Spring Into Dance’ Concert


2013_VP_DanceCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 29, 2012 – The “Spring into Dance 2012” concert performed by students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will continue the tradition of interesting variety and diversity of styles when it comes to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage April 12-15.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 12-14 and 2 p.m. April 15.

Shows will feature bachelor of fine arts in dance students performing contemporary ballet, modern and jazz. Choreography will be created by Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Michelle Contrino, Philip Edgecombe, Hilary Peterson and Artistic Coordinator Marc Strauss, auditioned student work, and a guest artist.

“We try to bring in a different guest artist work each semester so audiences get to witness a new style that is not that of the faculty members or students,” Peterson said.

“All of our dance concerts feature a variety of styles,” she added. “It is this variety that audiences enjoy and that keeps the concert fresh and exciting. You never know what will come next.”

“Spring into Dance 2012 will be comprised of about a dozen pieces that will again provide audiences with a wealth of professional and student pieces from which to choose,” Strauss said.

Strauss says he plans to choreograph to live music again this spring, collaborating with violinist Brandon Christensen from the Department of Music and several of his students to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Double Violin Concerto in D Minor.” Neo-classical George Balanchine (“Concerto Barocco,” 1941) and modern dancer Paul Taylor (“Esplanade,” 1975) used this famous composition to choreograph to for their companies, Strauss said.

Peterson says she will be presenting “a comedic piece based on the many ways one can find him or herself trapped. It will explore the funny side of sticky situations in which a person is unable to escape.”

A similar production called, “Fall for Dance 2011,” was performed in December.

“Each dance concert is different from the one previous because almost all of the work presented is brand new,” she said. “We do have certain pieces in repertory that we might reset from time to time, however, most of what audiences will see are pieces that have been created that semester. Because of this, each concert has its own vibe and identity.

“Sometimes the work is more introspective and thought-provoking, where in other semesters, the majority of the work might be more energetic and eye-catching,” she said.

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