COLLEGEVILLE PA – “Set (in) Motion,” a concert featuring works from five different choreographers, will be performed nightly Nov. 15-17 (2012; Thursday through Saturday) by the Ursinus College Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. in the college Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater on its East Main Street campus.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
Works by Karen Clemente, Ursinus faculty in modern dance; guest artist Krista DeNio, Hip Hop and fusion artist and adjunct faculty Duane Lee Holland Jr.; Jeanine McCain, Ursinus faculty in contemporary and modern dance; and guest artist Christine Rohde are scheduled to be presented. All choreographers worked with the theme of “transitions.”
Tickets cost $5 for adults, and $2 for students and senior citizens, and are available by calling the theater box office at 610-409-3795. They also will be sold at the door.
Clemente’s piece, Journey, is in three sections, each dealing with themes of gathering, preparing and leaving. “The dance is about the ancient and contemporary practice of journeying,” she said. Ten dancers move their way through the dance, at times in a unison of discovery, and at times making individual choices about what is to come, forcing the group to deal with an urgency about the transitions at hand.
DeNio creates interdisciplinary work based in dance and theater. Her piece, Trans*i*tion: STATE of flux, explores how we experience transition through our bodies, voices, and personal and global perspectives. The performance includes original movement and text created by the student performers, with additional choreography and direction by DeNio.
Holland, based in Philadelphia, teaches Hip Hop at Ursinus. His piece, Silent Synergy, explores what is common among human beings underneath a surface that may appear to be different. The piece investigates the theme through the fusion of Hip Hop with other dance forms.
McCain’s piece, The Big Picture, is about finding the courage to take a big leap. Ten dancers move through images of what it means to dream, to have a sense of “home,” to feel internal and external pressures, to get lost in the sense of anticipation, to be paralyzed with the fear of change, and to discover what it takes to find their own voice of expression, she explained.
Rohde worked with Ursinus dance students to set a contemporary jazz dance piece, Reawakening. It features 13 women in a two-section piece about the perpetual cycle of change and the idea that all change is a journey of self-discovery.
Dance faculty member Jeanine McCain is the show’s producer and artistic director.
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