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 SRU 'FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST'S DANCE CONCERT' TO FEATURE VARIETY OF DANCE FORMS, STYLES 

 

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10/7/2002
Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU ‘FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST’S DANCE CONCERT’ TO FEATURE VARIETY OF DANCE FORMS, STYLES

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University dance faculty will share the stage with guest artists from Kent State University, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, including artists-in-residence Attack Theatre from Pittsburgh, as part of the annual “SRU Faculty and Guest Artist’s Dance Concert” at 8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Tickets to the Miller Auditorium event are $5, general admission; $3 students. The annual concert will offer a variety of dance forms and styles.

Highlighting the concert will be Attack Theatre, a Pittsburgh-based professional modern dance company. Excerpts from “Boxed In,” choreographed by Attack Theatre artistic directors Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, examines contemporary social issues and features narrative video, live music and physically daring partnering providing pure balance. This work, which premiered earlier this in year in Avignon, France, is enhanced by Pittsburgh dancer Jill Stifel and an expanded cast of SRU dance majors. 

Guest artists will be Wayne Smith, a dance faculty member at KSU, and Lynn Deering and Carey Kelly, both of Dance Theatre Collective in Cleveland.

Dance works by SRU dance faculty include: “Leap of Faith,” a testament to the strength and bravery of individuals unafraid of taking risks, choreographed by dance department chair Nora Ambrosio and performed by faculty member Ursula Payne; and “Pulse,” choreographed and performed by Jennifer Keller, recent recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award, which rebounds between speed and stillness accompanied only by the sounds of her breath broadcast through a wireless microphone.

Also planed is “Masculine Effect,” created and danced by Payne, which portrays her journey as an African-American female, conditioned by a patriarchal society reclaiming her power – a statement about womanhood and truth, and a classical East Indian dance performed by Jaya Mani, visiting professor of dance.

Performance proceeds benefit the Lucy Isacco Sack Dance Scholarship Fund. For additional information call 724-738-2774.

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