From April 24 to April 28, Evening of Dance will fill Russell Miller Theatre with feats of athleticism and displays of artistry as the WKU Dance Company lights up the stage with dance from tap to flamenco.
Clifton Keefer Brown, Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program, recently spent a sabbatical semester in Spain studying flamenco. The results will be on display in his piece that combines ballet and flamenco choreographed to Flamenco Dream and Ten Cuidado.
Brown has three other varied pieces in the show including “Pop Culture” to the music of Rihanna and Britney Spears which is an upbeat jazz piece that is energetic and entertaining. Also fun and upbeat is a piece portraying young and foolish love called “Bye Bye Love, Hello,” choreographed by Amanda Clark, Associate Professor of Dance. It is a late 1950s inspired theatrical dance performed by three couples to such musical greats as Ben E. King, Etta James, and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
Clark has also choreographed a personal piece inspired by her battle with breast cancer. “Strong” is a contemporary jazz dance by six females who depict versions of her throughout her journey as well as many other women that she encountered and shared with along the way. “I hope it leaves the audience with images of strength, perseverance and unity,” Clark said, describing her unique perspective of the dance.
Assistant Professor Eric Rivera also has pieces in the show. Rivera choreographed a collaboration that includes soprano Beth Pope from the WKU Music Department. She will be singing live every night during a ballet solo inspired by the music of Franz Schubert that invokes memories of the past.
Evening of Dance will be presented at 8 p.m. April 24-26, 3 p.m. April 27 and 8 p.m. April 28 in the Russell Miller Theatre in WKU’s Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $12 and are available at wku.showare.com or by calling the box office at 270-745-3121.
Last Chance to Dance, a free event that showcases student choreography and works in progress, will be presented at 4 p.m. April 29 in the Russell Miller Theatre.
About WKU Theatre & Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year to including four Mainstage productions, four Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @wkutheatredance.
Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.