From Bach to the Beatles: Dance Concert Offers Variety
From Bach to the Beatles, the Alma College Dance Company’s spring concert contains a wide variety of pieces designed to entertain a wide spectrum of tastes.
The program will feature two ballet pieces choreographed by Samantha Shelton, a modern piece by Carol Fike, a jazz piece by Kristin Bennett, as well as a piece by guest artist Anh Nguyen and two student pieces chosen from the Student Choreographer’s Concert in January.
The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The Alma College Dance Company
“We are very excited to have choreography from two Alma College Dance Company members in the show,” explains Fike, professor and chair of the theater and dance department. “It is always thrilling to showcase strong student pieces.”
The concert has essences of “mystery, beauty, precision and rhythms” that accompany the diverse array of works in the show, says Fike.
The company invited Anh Nguyen, artist-in-residence, to give the Alma College dancers a new experience. He set a piece on 10 members of the company using Bach’s Cantata #4.
“It is important for the company to work with outside choreographers,” says Fike.
The pieces by Fike, Bennett and Shelton will be performed later this spring in Taiwan, as members of the company travel overseas as part of Alma College’s cultural exchange with Tainan University of Technology.
“The pieces are rich in texture, composition and storyline, and they portray the amazing talent that comes together to create the Alma College Dance Company,” says Fike. “When you leave the concert, you are a changed person. I want audiences to be moved.”
Posted: Tue, March 13th, 2012 at 4:29PM