November 27, 2018

Contemporary Dance Company to present Winter Works Dance Concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Contemporary Dance Company on Dec. 7-8 will present its Winter Works Dance Concert.

The dance company will present eight new selected works by dance faculty and student artists. All the dances use original sound created by sound students in the recently renamed Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.

There will be a 7:30 p.m. performance each evening along with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 8. The performances will be presented in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for students and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Pao Box Office, Ticketmaster or by phone at 765-494-3933.

The dances are:

* Faculty member Melodie Carr’s work “Along for My Journey” portrays how we keep loved ones with us as we move forward on our paths through life.

* “What Lies Beyond” is a new choreographic work from Professor Carol Cunningham-Sigman. It depicts an assemblage of individuals on a voyage through intercosmic space.

* A new work titled “Echoing Impressions” by faculty member Kathleen Hickey. It explores the human experience of separation, connection, and witness.

* “Warriors for the Ordinary,” choreographed by faculty member Holly Jaycox. Four warriors defend and uplift the importance of everyday tasks and belongings. Costumes, props and sound started from a process of found objects including a trip to the hardware store.

* Faculty member Mary Beth Van Dyke choreographed “Ants in the Pants,” working with nine student dancers to explore the physicality of restlessness, unevenness, or feeling unsettled.

* Arlo Eitzer, a graduating senior majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in electrical engineering and dance, created a work called “9 to 5(0).” Eitzer based the performance on his journey entering adulthood and learning to relinquish playfulness to prepare for a career.

* Grace Morris, a senior majoring in English Literature and minoring in dance, choreographed a new work titled “either that or a revolution.” In it, she investigates the moods and feelings associated with relationships in student protests.

* Sara Satterly, a graduating senior majoring in nursing with minors in Spanish and dance, choreographed a new work titled “If, we,” exploring the duality between vulnerability and strength in the female identity. 

Writer: Kelsey Schnieders Lefever,

Source: Karla Welchans,

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