April 11 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Eastvold Auditorium - Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Directed by Paula J. Peters, Dance 2014 will showcase the talents of PLU student choreographers, PLU’s Dance Team, and feature two works of professional choreography by Paula J Peters and guest choreographer Mary Reardon (Co-Director, Dance Fremont, Seattle).
The concert promises to highlight the depth of artistic capabilities of PLU student choreographers. By delving beyond today’s commercialized representation of choreography in popular culture, these emerging choreographers have pushed themselves to create works which represent the complexity of the human experience.
Works of Choreography include:
Amy Arand’s work explores the complex question “why are we here?” through the language of dance. Nicki Clifford’s moody-rock-modern dance will communicate the feeling of personal empowerment which comes from resisting the threat of temptation of detrimental actions even when they are appealing. Investigating a re-understanding of what it means to be a woman in today’s culture, Charlotte Herrmann’s work aims to deconstruct the image of female identity that exists in society. Molly Maloney's piece is a reflection on growing up, and the tension between being taken seriously and retaining one's own spirit and individuality. Avelon Ragoonanan will create a work utilizing movement from African dance combined with a hint of Caribbean flare of his native Trinidad. Inspired by Amy Waldman's book The Submission, Mamie Howard’s work investigates the struggle to reconcile the tension between Muslim and American identities. The piece is dedicated to both the victims on 9/11 and Islamaphobia. Courtney Volta’s work incorporates earthy pedestrian movement with a high level of modern dance technique, and centers on the theme of identifying and finding the strength to let go of insecurities. Paula Peters (Visiting Lecturer of Dance) has created a new work inspired by the ambition, talent and drive of the female dancers at PLU. Using multi-media and contemporary jazz dance vocabulary Peters’ work, Confine(less) will celebrate the future aspirations of the dancers.
Mary Reardon (Guest Choreographer) has created a Premiere work which will expound on the individual choices we make when taking time out for fun. Set to Haydn’s playful “Surprise” symphony, Reardon’s work will utilize classical modern technique infused with the perspectives of today’s college students.