The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance kicks off its spring season this weekend (Feb. 10-12) with Dance Project 2017 at Gordon Wilson Hall. This annual student-produced concert features work created by seven dance majors who have been chosen to present their work by dance faculty.
The student choreographers go through an adjudication process to improve, refine and develop their concepts under their faculty mentors. Following this feedback and informal showings, faculty members choose student works to perform in the Dance Project Concert. This concert is a favorite among students each year, as they enjoy sharing their own work as well as dancing their friends’ choreography in the intimate venue.
“This is the second year I have choreographed for the concert,” said Hannah McCarthy, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee. “It is wonderful to see my peers learning and growing in my own rehearsals. I cannot imagine a more rewarding feeling than watching someone perform my choreography on stage.”
McCarthy’s dance, titled Mouth to Air to Ear, is a solo that defines the danger of keeping secrets.
Another student who has been working hard in rehearsals leading up to Dance Project is Glasgow junior Trevor Edwards. His dance, Compulsive, takes the audience into the mind of a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
“[The dance] explores the relationship between OCD and repetition in dance,” Edwards said. “The main focus is the human mind and its specific inner workings.”
The concert will conclude with works by Louisville senior Charles Buckner, who has spent months crafting choreography as a part of his Faculty Undergraduate Student Education grant project. The four sections — Untold Stories, Please Don’t Leave Me, The Calling and Glory — explore the journey and emotions of seeking freedom inspired by the African American Experience.
“As a part of my FUSE grant project, I researched what Concert Black Dance is in 2017,” Buckner said. “I will present my findings through my own choreographic interpretation of Concert Black Dance.”
Dance Project runs Friday-Sunday (Feb. 10-12) in the Lab Theatre of WKU’s Gordon Wilson Hall. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are $6 and can be purchased at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts box office at (270) 745-3121.
Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560