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WKU Dance Company to present ‘Evening of Dance’ May 1-4

Evening of Dance has it all this year from the sultry sounds of jazz to the feathery lightness of ballet. The WKU Dance Company has worked all year under the direction of the dance faculty to put together an evening that will impress and astound.

eveningdancedigitalsignEvening of Dance will be presented May 1-4 in the Russell Miller Theatre in WKU’s Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center.

Associate Professor of Dance Amanda Clark has created two pieces for Evening of Dance. The first piece features six dancers and is set to the song Oh My My by Jill Barber. It is an entertaining upbeat classic jazz dance with an edgy swing feel. The concept is tied closely to the lyrics in which the dancers represent six heartbroken and bitter, yet sassy women. Clark’s second piece is a contemporary tap dance trio set to an instrumental version of Hometown Glory by Adele. The lights come up on three individuals each holding a letter. Each dancer’s paper represents bad news specific to their individual life. The dance is a reaction to that “news.” This choreography allowed her to explore the rhythms that can be made with the tap dance shoe while also incorporation movements and floorwork used in contemporary jazz.

Two dance professors collaborated with other WKU departments for their pieces. Assistant Professor of Dance Lisa D. Long will present 3-2 Tango. It explores the intertwining of three dancers based on the cause and effect of manipulative partnering. This piece was created as a collaboration of art and science, between Long and Professor Ed Kintzel who provided slides from WKU’s LC-SEM microscope. Reflecting the slides, the dance slowly grows closer together using sumptuous twists and interlacing patterns in juxtaposition to the increasing magnification of the crystals from a glass of red wine.

Assistant Professor of Dance Eric Rivera collaborated with the Art Department on his piece. Last semester Professor Yvonne Petkus had her students create art works inspired by August Rodin’s sculptures. Rivera chose three paintings that became his inspiration for this new dance piece. The paintings, which will be incorporated on stage with the dancers, were inspired by some of Rodin’s most famous works, The Kiss, The Prodigal Son and The Three Fauns.

A portion of Evening of Dance will feature dance composers of color including Association Professor of Dance Clifton Keefer Brown, who is directing a version of the classic ballet Pacquita. First presented at the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre in 1847, it has delighted audiences for centuries.

Dance composers of color will include guest artists Cornelius Carter, Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre; Victor Ramirez Alexander, Director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and Co-Director, Ruth Page Civic Ballet; and nationally recognized tap artist Karen Callaway Williams.

Show times are 8 p.m. May 1-2, 3 p.m. May 3 and 8 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $12 and are available at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts box office at (270) 745-3121.

Last Chance to Dance 2015

Last Chance to DanceWKU Dance students take the stage May 5 with their own exciting and innovative choreography during Last Chance to Dance 2015. The production begins at 4 p.m. in Russell Miller Theatre. Admission is free; all seating is general admission, first-come, first-served.

About Theatre & Dance: More than 15,000 people are entertained annually by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance. The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage theatre productions, two 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.

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