April 16, 2019

Purdue dance company to present spring concert

Spring Works 2019 The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company on April 26-27 will present its Spring Works dance concert. (Purdue University photo) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company on April 26-27 will present its Spring Works dance concert.

The dance company will present seven new selected works by dance faculty and one student. All of the dances use original sound created by sound students in the 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 April 27. 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.

Each performance by the dance company will feature seven dances showcasing original choreography:

* Professor Sally Wallace’s work “The Haves” investigates humor with the mindset of the elite in a world where greed is the norm and motivation behind all movement.

* “Sweeping through Each Other” is a new choreographic work from dance faculty member Renee Murray. This abstract dance is composed of eight dancers moving in conversation with a jazz sound score.

* Choreographed by faculty choreographer Kathleen Hickey, “eupnea, play, gulping, panting, Dada, wheezing, insufflation, Bauhaus, inhalation, expiration, and other works” explores the art of breathing on stage, the movements that come from a breath cue and the interaction that happens as a result.

* Dance instructor Mary Beth Van Dyke choreographed “in the company of,” a modern dance work exploring social interactions and group dynamics using duets, trios, and larger group interactions.

* Lexxi Spillers, a student choreographer and senior studying biology, created “Respirarte,” a dance that explores breath, the contrast between expansion and contraction through movement and space.

* A group of creative collaborators created a complex technical presentation called “Sending a Message,” which is the culmination of the second phase of a transdisciplinary research project titled “Repercussions and Reverberations.” This dance investigates wearable technology, an interactive sensor network, and dance. The dancers explore connections between each other and the technology by discovering how their movement interacts, communicates, and manipulates the lighting, allowing them to change their environment as they dance.

* Kathleen Hickey, faculty choreographer, choreographed “Amelia’s Modern Life?” This dance continues Hickey’s research on the integration of wearable sensor technology, movement, and social interactions through a feminist lens. This dance weaves ideas of proximity, light interaction, and the history of Amelia Earhart through movement using a bold phrase work, intimate gestures, and wandering thoughts of how Amelia would handle a modern life. 

Writer: Kelsey Schnieders Lefever, kschnied@purdue.edu 

Media contact: Joseph Paul, 765-494-9541, paul102@purdue.edu

Source: Sally Wallace, sallyw@purdue.edu

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