Dance Concert Features ‘Vessel,’ ‘Synchronicity’

Several departments collaborate in program that includes works in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and other dance genres.

Alma College student dancers will perform a mix of collaborative works in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and other genres at this year’s annual spring dance concert.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors age 62 and older, and free for all Alma College students, staff, and youth age 18 and under. Seating is reserved. For ticket information, call (989) 463-7304.

The concert opens with “Vessel,” a dance choreographed by Lynn Andrews, visiting professor of theatre and dance, in partnership with the dancers in the piece — Melanie Yost, Laura Lowe, MacKensie Garlow, Sydney Brooks, Marianna Smith, Samantha Coykendall and Vivienne Walton.

“This piece features collaborations with several different departments within the arts at the college,” says Andrews.

Contributing to the piece are Mike Sheldon, who has planned original lighting, and Tina Vivian, who has created all of the costumes for the dance. Joe Moscheck, percussion intern, will perform an original percussive music throughout.

In addition, Carrie Anne Parks-Kirby, professor of art and design, built the vessels, which are both the main inspiration for the piece as well as props throughout.

Other dances in the show are “Synchronicity” by Hazel Sabas, “Strange New Arrives Unbidden” by Kristen Bennett and visiting choreographer Nic Gareiss, “Thinking About You” by Morgan Markowicz ’16 and “Giss-Giss” by Joanna Rosenthal-Read, visiting artist. There also will be a student-choreographed piece, “Absent,” by Isabelle Limodin, a junior from Milford, N.H.

Gareiss and Rosenthal-Read completed dance residencies at Alma earlier this year. Gareiss has performed across Europe, as well as in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. Rosanthal-Read is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director for Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre.


Story published on March 10, 2015