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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

'60X60' concert launches dance season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Let there be dance. Slippery Rock University dance students and faculty will begin the performance season with their version of the "60X60" concert at 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 26, in the West Gym Dance Studio.

Dancers will present 60 dances or videos, each lasting 60 seconds, accompanied by a soundtrack. Some of the one-minute pieces will be accompanied by films developed by art students with Jon Shumway, SRU associate professor of art. The concert will last one hour with music, video and dance running non-stop.

The music for the concert was selected through a New York-based competition where hundreds of pieces of music were submitted for consideration. Once the winning pieces were selected, they were sent to Andrew Hasenpflug, the show's curator, who assigned the pieces of music to be choreographed.

"60X60" is a project that was developed in 2003 by the New York City-based music consortium Vox Novus and its founder, Robert Voisey. It was designed to showcase many choreographers and a diversity of contemporary music. There have been more than 250 performances in more than 20 countries, which utilized variation on the 60X60 theme, according to the Vox Novus website.

The department of dance performance season will continue through the semester with the "Faculty and Guest Artist Concert," the "Dance in India Lecture Demonstration," the "Adjudication Concerts" and the "SRU Dance Theatre Fall Concert."

SRU dance faculty will present their latest choreographic works during the "Faculty and Guest Artist Concert" at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at Butler County Community College's Succop Theater.

Participating faculty are Ursula Payne, Jennifer Keller, and Nora Ambrosio, professors of dance, Teena Custer and Jaya Mani, instructors of dance, and Andy Hasenpflug, dance musician.

Payne created a work for 27 students who enrolled in her spring 2013 repertory class. Custer will present a seven-minute solo work. Mani will also present a classical Indian dance work, and Ambrosio has rehearsed students to present two of her new works, a solo and a duet.

The concert will include works by André Koslowski, Pennsylvania Dance Theater artistic director, James Washington, a former member of Pittsburgh's August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Michael Pang, Hawaiian master hula teacher, and Mark Santillano, co-director of SoMar Dance Works.

Jennifer Keller, SRU professor of dance, will perform in an excerpt of a Pennsylvania Dance Theater work entitled "Wiegenlied" (Lullaby) along with André Koslowski and Tina Konrath. Keller and Koslowski have had a long-running and prolific artistic collaboration since 2007.

Dance majors will present the "SRU Dance Theatre Fall Concert" at 2 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 7-8 in SRU's Swope Music Hall.

The suggested donation for the "60X60" concert" is $2. Donations will be accepted at the door of the West Gym Dance Studio. Call 724.738.2036 for more information.

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