Anderson, Indiana

AU Dance Program to present outdoor performance "Helios Suite" Sept. 27

Fri, 2012-09-14 07:00 -- univcomm
September 14, 2012

The Dance Program at Anderson University will present Helios Suite at the Helios plaza on the north side of Hartung Hall on Thursday, Sept. 27, at noon. Helios Suite is designed to be a celebration of community spirit. The event is free and open to the community.

Helios Suite is a dance in four parts set to American roots/Bluegrass music, choreographed by Shauna Steele, assistant professor of dance at Anderson University.

Bluegrass music follows the narratives in everyday life. The original style of Bluegrass was built around the working class lives of Appalachian inhabitants who were closely tied to the railroad and coal mining industries. Lyrics ranged from the trying times of life, to faith and the spirit. Helios Suite is set to music by Carolina Chocolate Drops, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch.

The Helios fountain was designed by Arlon Bayliss, professor of art at Anderson University. In the design for Helios, inspiration came from the idea of implied movement, ever spiraling upward, carrying us on our educational and faith journey. The movement is a combination of liturgical and lyrical dance and makes use of the entire Helios fountain plaza inviting viewers to join the 20 Anderson University dance majors as a spiritual community in dance and song.

For more information contact Shauna Steele at or (765) 641-3783. In the event of rain, Helios Suite will be rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, at noon.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.