Guest choreographers Grilley, Danilova featured at fall dance concert
October 20, 2006
Choreography by guest artists Suzee Grilley and Nina Danilova and four Wake Forest University dance faculty members will be featured at the Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert presented by the Wake Forest Dance Company and the university’s department of theatre and dance. The concerts will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. in the MainStage Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center.
The dance company of 46 Wake Forest students, including two men, will perform a variety of works featuring ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern dance.
Grilley has created an original modern dance titled “Reigns” for the concert. Grilley is the artistic director of the Suzee Grilley Dance Ensemble and a former member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre, with whom she toured the world. She has taught modern dance technique, improvisation and composition for more than 25 years.
Danilova, a ballet instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, will present an original ballet titled “Excerpts from the Snow Queen.” Danilova is a graduate of the Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has performed with the Kirov Ballet Company and the Moscow State Ballet Theater. Since 1983, she has taught and staged classical ballets around the world, including Russia, Poland, Italy and the United States.
The concert will also feature choreographic work by the dance faculty, including a restaging of the ballet “Grand Tarantella” by Fachon Cordell, adjunct professor of dance; a modern group dance by Christina Tsoules Soriano, assistant professor of dance; the solo dance “Begin Again,” created and performed by Soriano; a hip-hop piece by Tina Yarborough Liggins, visiting instructor of dance; and “Hot, Beatnik, Sexy, Cool,” a restaged stylized jazz work by Wake Forest Director of Dance Nina Lucas that features music from Peggy Lee’s “Fever,” Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and songs from the Broadway musicals “Sweet Charity” and “All that Jazz.”
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children. Advance tickets will be available beginning Nov. 6 through the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For additional information, call 336-758-5393.