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 'In the Moment' captures spirit of SRU dance program 



January 3, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab


'In the Moment' captures spirit of SRU dance program


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Works by three guest choreographers will be featured by the Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre when it offers three performances of its "In the Moment" showcase.

                The concert highlights the choreography of internationally acclaimed New York choreographer Lar Lubovitch, Washington, D.C. choreographer Helanius Wilkins and Pittsburgh choreographer Mark Taylor.

                "Marimba," a historic work created in 1976 by Lar Lubovitch, one of the nation's most revered contemporary choreographers, is staged for 10 dancers to the music of pioneer minimalist American composer Steve Reich. The dance is filled with tension and hypnotic pull, much like its instrumental namesake, said Jennifer Keller, associate professor of dance. 

                Dance majors at SRU worked last spring and fall with John Dayger, former long-time Lar Lubovitch Dance Company member, to learn the work. 

                "We're so focused on the music and being in unison that time on stage is suspended; it's fun knowing you are so connected to the other dancers," said Angel Streitman, a senior dance major from Butler.  

                The dancers will also perform the work at the Sharing the Legacy Conference hosted at Hunter College in March. 

                Helanius Wilkins, artistic director of Edgeworks in Washington, D.C., created "Falling" for dance majors last spring. A luscious and physically demanding dance, the work encourages performers and the audience alike to experience the emotional and physical connotations of losing equilibrium through space.  

                Keller will restage Mark Taylor's "Ice," originally created for SRU dance majors in 2001. Set to the famous "Diamond Music," by Karl Jenkins, the work translates the glittering facets of a diamond to comedic human gestures and tight group formations. With a new cast of 14 dancers, the musical work is a display of precision, partnering and geometry.

                Talented student choreographers will present diverse dance styles, including tap, hip hop, contemporary partnering and modern dance. Student choreographers participating are Todd Englander from Wantagh, N.Y.; Stephanie Frey, Irwin; Amber Henderson and LaKeisha Mackey, both of Philadelphia; Cara Hoover, Mayport; Darcey Karas, Baden; Katie Kelly, Monroeville; Rachel Renock, New Kensington; and Streitman.

                The concert will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in SRU's Miller Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general admission; $5 for students with ID.  For more information, call the SRU dance department at 724.738.2036.

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.



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