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‘Goblin,’ Bird Migration Provide Metaphors for Spring Dance Concert

Approximately 22 student dancers perform tap, ballet, modern and contemporary pieces originally choreographed by Alma faculty and students.

Alma College Dance performance.Alma College Dance performance.

Three faculty members and three students will showcase their choreography during the annual Alma College Spring Dance Concert. A total of eight works will be performed.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall.

Tickets are $15 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.

“This is the highest number of student choreographers on a program we’ve had since I came to Alma in the fall of 2016,” says Ben Munisteri, director of dance. “The Spring Dance Concert will be our most substantive and dense concert in many years.”

The program will include one tap, two ballet, one modern and four contemporary pieces. Five of these were choreographed by faculty, and the other three by students. All works are originals.

Approximately 22 student dancers will perform. Student choreographers include Canton junior Allison Boulware, Chicago junior Jordan Gasby and Brighton junior Kathryn Todd.

Munisteri will offer two pieces representing the modern and ballet dance forms.

“The modern piece, ‘Goblin,’ is as unsettling and ugly as it sounds,” says Munisteri. “This piece quotes modern dance iconographic vocabulary amid an agitated, anxious and aggressive atmosphere. It is my homage to the New York City dance scene, which I left in 2016.”

Additional faculty works on the program include a short ballet-style solo dance choreographed by Rosely Conz for student Sadie Gelb and a tap dance piece to three John Mayer songs choreographed by Kristen Bennett.

Conz also choreographed a work in collaboration with Alma College biology professor Mike Bishop that examines a world where bird migration and movements are compared with human migratory patterns.

“This collaboration has yielded some fascinating visual images as well as meaningful metaphors,” says Munisteri.

Story published on March 04, 2019