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Sleeping Beauty, the Beatles Highlight Dance Concert

November 04, 2013

Program includes “Catharsis,” a fast-paced modern dance by guest artist Laurie Eisenhower, and “Back to Bach,” choreographed by retiring dance professor Carol Fike.

The Alma College Dance Company’s fall show features a mix of ballet and modern dances, including salutes to Sleeping Beauty and the Beatles.

The fall concert takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors who are 62 and older, and free for all Alma College staff, students and youth who are 18 and younger.

Seating is reserved. For ticket information, call (989) 463-7304.

The company welcomes guest artist Laurie Eisenhower from the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. She will be completing a four-day residency with the Alma students, during which she will teach “Catharsis,” a fast-paced modern dance set to music by Bryan Eno. The Alma dance troupe will perform the piece in the show.

Dance faculty members Carol Fike, Kristen Bennett and first-year ballet assistant professor Hazel Sabas also will contribute choreography for this show.

The program includes two dances choreographed by Sabas: “Variations from Sleeping Beauty,” a traditional ballet performed to music by Tchaikovsky, and “A Different Kind of Beatles,” a contemporary ballet set to a classical interpretation by Peter Breiner of the Beatles’ songs “Here Comes the Sun,” “Girl” and “Penny Lane.”

“Another Life,” a modern dance choreographed by Bennett, is set to music by Katy Perry. The piece is broken into three parts, meant to represent the different parts of life.

The show concludes with “Back to Bach,” a dance choreographed by Fike and performed to the “Brandenburg Concerto” by Johann Sebastian Bach. This dance will be Fike’s last as an Alma College faculty member as she moves into retirement.

“I owe my career to the dedicated and talented students who have worked with me,” she says. “I have nothing but beautiful memories and glorious moments to cherish.”

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