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Dance department to present bi-annual Spectrum concert

Staff Reporter

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 01:11


Provided by the SHSU Dance Department

The Department of Dance brings forth internationally known choreographers to present their bi-annual Dance Spectrum Concert Reach. The concert will be held in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center on Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, according to a press release sent by Dionne Noble.

The concert will feature various works from numerous choreographers, including the internationally known, Khaleah London, Spencer Gavin Hering, and Andrea Dawn Shelley.

A large cast packs the stage with an unusually syncopated dance. This performance is about coming together as a collective to make a difference by shedding societal burdens of complacency and stereotypes. Afro-Caribbean and Senegalese influences are evident in internationally known choreographer, Khaleah London’s new work The Ultimatum.

Many may know Spencer Gavin Hering and Andrea Dawn Shelley who co-founded the nationally renowned company Infinite Moving Ever Evolving (iMEE). Their work Ogerelta creates edgy, confrontational, and circumstantial vignettes that reside within an interruptive musical score and a narrowly focused light design.

Other works include, three sonatas by Scarlatti accompany Jonathan Charles’ new work, Those who speak softly will hear quiet echoes. Music professor Sergio Ruiz plays live for a trio of dancers who perform a flirtatious neo-classic work reminiscent of a 21st Century Apollo.

Jennifer Pontius’ new ballet, with measured step, is inspired by the yearning phrases of Beethoven’s aptly dubbed “Pathetique” sonata.

“There is a poignancy, for me, in the formal structure inherent in both the music and the choreography that cradles the emotional content,” Pontius said
Dana Nicolay worked closely with his cast who shared personal stories in effort to create a harmonious work danced to some of Led Zeppelin’s finest. His work, Social Fabric, includes groovy, bouncy, and easy flow choreography. This piece investigates the ways in which our society is woven together to create a whole.

Dionne Sparkman Noble’s, A French Yodel for Penny combines unusual music selections, movement and costume changes to celebrate an eclectic tour of folk music from around the world.  

“I didn’t set out to create this world but instead followed my instincts and before I knew it the dance had made itself. The decisions regarding music, movement and costume don’t go together at first glance but by the end, feel somehow balanced,” Noble said.

Choreographer, Erin Reck questions the labels that people place on themselves and those around them in a new thought-provoking dance titled Surface.

How many dancers can you fit onto one stage? This questioned is answered in Andy Noble and Laura Harrell’s Tower, a work utilizing 33 dancers. Tower starts off small and builds in momentum and size until it’s literally whipping and pounding its way past the boundaries of the stage.

Tickets for Reach are $15 general admission and $12 for Students. Along with a Saturday Matinee, every performance will start at 8 p.m. each evening. For ticket reservation, please call the GPAC Box Office at 936.294.2339.

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