AU Dance Program to present Spring into Dance March 23-24

Wed, 2012-03-21 08:00 -- univcomm
March 21, 2012

The Anderson University Dance Program will hold its annual Spring Into Dance concerts March 23 and 24, 2012. This year’s concerts will offer a wide variety of choreography, ranging from thought provoking to entertaining. Performances will feature students in the Anderson University dance program, with choreography by AU dance faculty and guest artist Corinne Imberski.

spring-into-danceThe performances will take place at Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University, and are open to the campus community and the general public. The performance on Friday, March 23 will be at 7:30 p.m., and the performance on Saturday, March 24 will be at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors, AU faculty and staff, and alumni; and $5 for AU students and children ages 6-10 years (children 6 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at (765) 641-4543 or (800) 619-3047.

Audience members will experience contemporary modern dance set to Bach’s classical Cello Suite #1 through this year’s guest artist, Corinne Imberski. Her work, Variations on an Echo explores how movement modernizes over time but retains its basic aesthetic. By the time Bach wrote this suite of dance music, the dances themselves had already undergone many changes over time. The basic steps of many of these dances were already in place decades, and in some cases centuries, before the Baroque era. For each dance in Variations on an Echo, the flavor or the intent of the historical dance is maintained but reinterpreted with a contemporary twist.

Imberski is the co-founder of the Hobbs/Imberski Experience based outside Detroit, Mich. As a dancer, Imberski has performed with Detroit Dance Collective and has worked as a freelance choreographer, dancer, and instructor since 1999.

Works from other choreographers include ballet, modern, dance theatre, jazz, and tap works. The tone of works ranges from sublime and thought provoking to satire and comedy. There is something for the entire family.

Shauna Steele’s ghostlight takes its inspiration from the idea of a “ghost light,” a single work light left on the stage floor in a theatre for safety when all performance and props have been removed or the theatre has gone dark for the night. It is a beacon to prevent injury in a dark theatre but also an isolated light that stands alone in the dark. It is an exploration of how light and dark affect how we perceive the world and how the world perceives us.

Oybek Tashpulatov’s Double Date is set in 19th century Vienna. The war has just ended and peace, happiness, and love are ruling Vienna. This comedy explores the silliness that ensues when a young soldier mistakenly makes a date with two ladies for the same time and day, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Primarily a choreographer for musical theatre, Kenny Shepard’s Bobby, Carrie, Mallory incorporates storytelling elements in this original piece. Inspired by and named for women in his own family, Bobbie, Carrie, Mallory examines the relationships between three generations. As with many families, time, choices and circumstance cause a sometimes seamless evolution of character as one generation replaces the next.

Other works include excerpts from the Cinderella ballet, a jazz work by Doug King set to music by Carlos Santana, and an avante garde modern work choreographed by Debra Silveus.

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, education, music, nursing, and theology.