Sept. 28, 2005
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine:
GENDER STEREOTYPING OF WOMEN FOCUS OF OCT.
19-20 DANCE CONCERT IN PITTSBURGH
BY SRU DANCE FACULTY JENNIFER
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University dance faculty
Jennifer Keller will perform “Political Reflex,” a
dance concert addressing gender stereotyping, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20
in Pittsburgh’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.
cited for excellence in the arts by Pittsburgh Magazine and a
recipient of the President’s Award for Creative Achievement
at SRU, choreographed much of the concert, which addresses issues
pertaining to reproduction, emotional confinement, guilt and
Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for
students and those 62 or older. Tickets may be purchased at the
Kelly-Strayhorn box office on the evenings of the performances, or
in advance through ProArts Ticket Service at 412-384-3353 or at www.proartstickets.org.
“Political Reflex” includes
choreography and performances by Keller and guest professional
dancers Dennis Birkes and Gwen Hunter Ritchie, with additional
choreography provided by Jeanine Durning, Mary Reich, and David
associate professor of dance at SRU since 1996, described
“Absorb” as the most politically charged work in
“Political Reflex.” One of several separate movements,
“Absorb” takes place in a shallow pool of water to the
accompaniment of a U.S. Senate roll call. Immersed ankle deep,
Keller is both “woman and animal, victim of assault and
“Smooth Muscle,” a solo
premiere for Keller, comes out of her harrowing experience with
"magnesium," an intravenously administered drug used to stop
Ritchie take on gender stereotypes in their latest version of
“Skin Deep,” their 2003 collaboration that uses video
projection to superimpose text onto the body. “Still
Life Through Window,” choreographed by Durning and performed
by Keller, features a solitary, confined woman, inspired by the
paintings of Jan Vermeer.
2002 concert at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater was cited as one of the
top 10 dance events for that year by the regional media. Pittsburgh
Magazine named her the 2002 recipient of the "Harry Schwalb
Excellence in the Arts Award."
and performed extensively for Mark Taylor, dancing with his company
in New York City (1988-1991) and the repertory company Dance Alloy
of Pittsburgh (1992-1996) before accepting a position at
The Kelly-Strayhorn Community Performing
Arts Center is at 5941 Penn Ave.