Spring Dance Concert Features ‘Catharsis’
A colorful collection of ballet, modern and jazz pieces will
highlight the annual spring performance of the Alma College Dance
“This concert has a terrific mix of all different aspects of choreography and dance,” says Carol Fike, associate professor of dance. “It’s a beautiful concert with beautiful dancing, music and costumes. There is a lot of variety, and it’s easy and amazing to enjoy watching.”
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
show features a blend of captivating dances and innovative styles,
including the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble’s residency piece “Catharsis,”
as well as works by visiting instructors, Fike and company
The concert begins with “Dance Foyer,” a classical ballet piece choreographed by Sherry Gilpin and set to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G.
Gilpin, a guest choreographer at Alma College, is a former principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet, St. Louis Ballet Theatre and Ohio Ballet. She is an established choreographer, having presented works with the Midwest Dance Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, McDonald Dance Theatre, Rockford Ballet Company and the Interlochen Arts Center. She currently works and choreographs for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and works as Artist in Residence at Center Stage Dance in Kentucky.
The concert continues with the jazzy “St. James Infirmary,” choreographed by Rochester Hills sophomore Gabriella Abrego to the music of the Louis Armstrong tune of the same name.
“Glimpse” is a modern dance piece by Fike. First performed seven years ago, Fike and dancers have recreated this dance of “glimpses” to Tim Story’s lovely, ambient song “Lydia.”
“When you watch this piece, you won’t know exactly what the dance is representing,” Fike explains about “Glimpse.” “It’s not seeing full moments but instead being presented with slices of lives and pieces of moments.”
Concluding the first half of the concert is “Hanasakajijii,” a lively jazz number choreographed by visiting jazz instructor Liz Joynt Sandberg and featuring Anathallo, a Mount Pleasant-based band.
Sandberg is the artistic director and choreographer for think/dance collective, the nationally touring modern dance and performance art group that she founded in 1997. She also is the owner and director of Vision Studio of Performing Arts and a guest choreographer and teacher at Central Michigan University and Alma’s Academy of Performing Arts. Sandberg recently finished choreographing “The Martian Chronicles” at the Lincoln Square Theatre in Chicago. She performs her original work on the newly released Encyclopedia Asthmatica DVD.
The second half of the concert opens with “Catharsis,” which was choreographed by guest artist-in-residence Laurie Eisenhower and performed during the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble’s earlier residency with student dancers joining the ensemble. Set to Philip Glass’ “Abdulmajid” from his “Heroes Symphony,” this piece is “absolutely exquisite,” says Fike.
“The dance is beautifully choreographed,” says Fike. “It’s richly textured with music, movement and position and is altogether stunning.”
“Saeglopur,” set to and named after the Sigur Ros hit song, is a sea-themed dance choreographed by Sylvan Lake junior Diana Walton. Concluding the concert is “Optic Desert,” choreographed by Gilpin with music by the Blue Man Group. “Optic Desert” is “a very funky and fun ballet piece,” says Fike.
Eisenhower, founder and director of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, has performed and taught around the country with various dance companies and choreographers, including the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, David Parsons, Chen and Dancers, Harry Streep III, and Mel Wong. Her work was presented twice at the Morningside Dance Festival at the Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York City. She has received several Creative Artists grants from state arts foundations, the Michigan Dance Association Choreographers Festival Award, the Women in Art Award for Choreography, and the 2003 Artserve Michigan Governor’s Arts Award for outstanding dance at Oakland University, where Eisenhower is a professor of dance.
Posted: Fri, March 7th, 2008 at 9:29AM