Purdue Dance Company to present Winter Works concert

November 15, 2013  


Winter Works

"Clear view falling" is one of seven works to be performed by the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company during its Winter Works 2013 dance concert Dec. 6 and 7. "Clear view falling" is choreographed by faculty member Sally Wallace and is a poetic work that explores sustained motion in abstract partnering movements. Three pairs of dancers are in constant contact, lifting one another and sometimes soaring together. The music is composed by professional musician Jamie Newman. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will present its Winter Works 2013 dance concert Dec. 6-7.  

PCDC is the resident dance company in the Division of Dance, housed in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. Faculty and students created seven new dance works this semester for the company.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each evening with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. All performances will take place in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Purdue's Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and $7 for those 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at all Purdue box offices (765-494-3933) and through Ticketmaster (or 1-800-745-3000).

"This winter's performances include beauty in motion, high speed jumps and leaps as well as slow as honey pouring of bodies, and journeys viewers from dark to light as the works unfold," said Carol Cunningham-Sigman, division dance chair. "Original music was created by Visual and Performing Arts' Sound Design majors for many of the dance works."

The dances are:

* "Transit," choreographed by Cunningham-Sigman, depicts individuals and groups caught up in the ever-changing flow of their workday. Theatre sound design student Trent Marshall created an energetic jazz score for the choreography.

* "she/he was changed" choreographed by faculty member Rebecca Bryant is a performance piece blending contemporary dance, text, and video. The piece uses surreal imagery to explore the high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder-related domestic violence in the homes of war veterans.

* "Super Hero Under Dog" is the new work created this fall by faculty member Holly Jaycox. The six dancers in this work toss themselves across the stage, run, leap and crawl with energy and commitment, creating an ever changing landscape of bodies and motion. An energetic score by student Andrew Tarr completes the fun.

* Faculty member Mary Beth Van Dyke choreographed a modern style work titled "17." This work includes a cast of 17 dancers and an original sound score created by Purdue students Alex Diaz and Andrew Doyle. This work explores group dynamics expressed through physicality. 

* "Clear view falling," choreographed by faculty member Sally Wallace, is a poetic work that explores sustained motion in abstract partnering movements. Three pairs of dancers are in constant contact, lifting one another and sometimes soaring together. The sense of falling is sometimes accomplished slowly, and sometimes suddenly. The music is composed by professional musician Jamie Newman.

* Despite the cacophony of irrational fears and anxieties in our minds, we often continue our daily tasks as if nothing is wrong. "The Optional Situation," choreographed by student Edite M. Grendze who is majoring in materials science and engineering with a dance minor, is an exploration of an individual's reaction to worry in everyday life. While some shut down and use extreme caution, others react with panic, and the rest catch their breath somewhere in between.

* Allyson Mercer Martin, a senior majoring in food science with a minor in dance, choreographed "Purlicue," an abstract work that explores articulate gestures set to classically styled music. The compositional framework of the piece is inspired by the behavioral patterns of light.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

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

Rebecca Bryant, rgbryant@purdue.edu   

Holly Jaycox, hollyj@purdue.edu

Mary Beth Van Dyke, vandyke@purdue.edu

Sally Wallace, sallyw@purdue.edu

Edite M. Grendze, egrendze@purdue.edu

Allyson Mercer Martin, mercer@purdue.edu     

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