Dance company will perform for the winter season

November 24, 2010

Eight performances by the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will be presented during the 2010 Winter Works Dance Concert on Dec. 10 and 11. The dances, created by faculty and student artists, will have subtle humor, philosophical musings and beautiful design. Undergraduate sound design majors in the theatre department created the original music for the production. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will present its Winter Works Dance Concert on Dec. 10 and 11.

The dance company, which is housed in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts in Yue-Kong Pao Hall, will present eight new dances by faculty and student artists. The concert will be in Nancy T. Hansen Theatre.

This year's performance will have subtle humor, philosophical musings and beautiful design. Undergraduate sound design majors in the theatre department created the original music for the production.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and there also will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 11. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Purdue box offices, 765-494-3933, or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.

"Winter Works" performances include:

* "Backstreets," choreographed by dance faculty member Carol Cunningham-Sigman, depicts urban youths experiencing a night of adventure and freedom. Friends will explore and frolic amidst the invisible ruins of a decaying structure full of abandoned hope.

* "Line Drawings," choreographed by Sally Wallace, dance faculty member. This performance emerged from explorations with five dancers creating lines in space. The theme and variation refer the viewer to social contexts and metaphors. At the same time it is a simple play of design.

* "Suite Female: Parts II - VIIII" by faculty member Rebecca Bryant. This tackles issues of gender representation with a combination of dance, props, bird songs and video projection to create a series of interrelated vignettes.

* "White Noise," choreographed by Mary Beth Van Dyke, dance faculty. This performance captures the physicality underlying the idea of "the elephant in the room." One group of dancers will move through space while ignoring the others.

* "Melt," choreographed by faculty member Holly Jaycox. The new work will address the "being" and the "doing" of life. This work attempts to 'melt' the boundaries between "off" and "on" for the dancers and the audience.

* "A Part; Apart" by Amanda Dechow, a senior in the Department of Aviation Technology. The dance explores feeling both alone in a crowd and being part of a crowd. Dancers express different ways people can react when they are feeling left out.

* "Sheer Rise," choreographed by Shannon Peters, a senior in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The dance will investigate the beauty that exists in strength, showing women who are both strong and beautiful. The dance content draws from gender roles of ancient and modern women and breaking out of those roles.

* "At. This moment," choreographed by Mark Sherschel II, a senior in the College of Engineering. The work began as a physical exploration of several locations around campus. The dancers will use specific movements to take the audience on a journey of experiencing those sites.

Writer: Amanda Sliepka, 765 496 3006, asliepka@purdue.edu

Source: Carol Cunningham-Sigman, 765 494 5993, carolec@purdue.edu

Contacts information of the students dancers: Karla Welchans, 765 494 5993, kwelchan@purdue.edu

Related website:
Purdue Division of Dance