Spring Dance Concert Explores ‘Endless Renewal’

The performance will feature a mix of ballet, contemporary and jazz choreographed by faculty and students.

<em>Past performance by the Alma College Dance Department.</em> Past performance by the Alma College Dance Department.

The Alma College Spring Dance Concert, titled “Endless Renewal,” features a variety of student- and faculty-choreographed pieces centered on the ideas of rebirth and spring’s imminent approach.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall.

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.

Faculty members Ben Munisteri, Crystal Fullmer and Kristen Bennett will have five works performed in the concert—three contemporary, one ballet and one jazz/tap.

Munisteri has recreated excerpts of his 2015 dance “Petrichor,” a work created on his New York City-based professional dancers. “Petrichor” utilizes a sequence of small microstructures of movement similar in style to the music of Nick Bertke. Munisteri’s second piece is a newly choreographed quintet exploring the more spiritual side of music and dance.

Fullmer will restage the 19th century ballet “Coppélia” and present a new duet. Titled “Fractures,” this duet involves two dancers coming together to show that “when separated the brokenness and frailty of the individual is revealed, meanwhile in community there is strength and growth,” says Fullmer.

Bennett’s jazz/tap piece, the largest on the program, features 20 dancers.

“I have always been interested in the connection between percussive and contemporary movement,” says Bennett. While this is her first solo exploration of the style, this piece offers recognizable music and a sure surprise to audience members.

Charlotte senior Cameron Spitzfaden and Crystal Lake, Ill., junior Kathryn Kalamaras also have works selected for performance at the Spring Dance Concert.

Story published on March 09, 2017