April 20, 2011
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Kaleidoscope ’11 offers closing dance concert, lecture
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “The Final Piece: A Contemporary Dance Concert” featuring eclectically distinctive choreography by 23 Slippery Rock University dance major seniors, will be presented at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday in Swope Music Hall. The concert will include a collaborative dance with Lindsay Fisher, a New York City choreographer, based on her two-week residency at SRU.
The concert is the final event of SRU’s 10-day Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.
Students will present original choreography in the modern and jazz genres as well as choreography incorporating technology during their individual performances. They have been working on their dances since the beginning of spring semester.
The finale will feature choreography by Fisher, a founding member of Helen Simoneau and the VIA Dance Collaborative in New York City. Fisher came to SRU for a residency to work with dance majors and prepare the collaborative choreography.
The collaborative illustrates the mentorship between Fisher and the student dancers at SRU, said Nora Ambrosio, professor of dance. Fisher used material from journals that students kept during the residency experience to create the choreography.
“Lindsay came in and worked with our dancers for two weeks and made the piece based on that experience,” Ambrosio said. She did some workshops with our students and has incorporated movement materials into the choreography.”
Ambrosio said the individual dances give students an opportunity to showcase their talents and interests in their chosen field, much like a senior art show. “The concert is based on advanced-level research, such as technology in dances, using props in dancing, publicity and researching how solo artists create work for themselves,” she said.
“The concert helps them see how to produce a dance concert before they graduate. If they’re going into the professional dance field, they are going to need to know how to self-produce,” she said.
Tickets for the dance concert, available at the door, are $3 for SRU students and $5 for general admission.
The next to last Kaleidoscope event will be a free lecture and brown-bag discussion by master class flutist Tadeu Coelho, a Brazilian who has performed around the world. Coelho will discuss “Arts Education in a Difficulty Economy” at noon today in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. He will teach a master class for SRU musicians at 2 p.m. today.
Coelho performs and promotes Latin American music and has written numerous articles about Latin American composers.
SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts launched Kaleidoscope 10 years ago to bring free and reduced-cost arts programming to underserviced communities. Sponsors include the college, International Arts and Cultures Series, University Program Board, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Nextier Bank, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Applebutter Inn and First National Bank.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.