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Wake Forest Dance Company 'Going Green' for spring concert

April 3, 2008

In celebration of National Dance Week, the Wake Forest University Dance Company will present a concert emphasizing environmentally-friendly dances at the annual Spring Dance Concert April 24-27.  The concert, titled “Going Green,” will be held in MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. April 24-26 and at 2 p.m. April 27. 

“This year we are seeking to not only heighten public awareness about the value of dance, but also stress the importance of incorporating environmentally-friendly practices in all we do,” choreographer Brooke Vogel, a Wake Forest senior, said. 

In keeping with the “green” theme, the dance company used recycled paper for its programs and posters and recreated all costumes and props from existing wardrobe stock and other reusable materials.  In addition, several of the dance pieces include environmentally-conscious compositional and philosophical concepts.

Forty-eight student dancers will perform a variety of dances from genres such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, modern and flamenco.  The pieces were created by 12 student choreographers, including Wake Forest seniors Anna Banerjea, Dorian Cowan, India Diaz, Adriana Dew, Sarah Klyap, Kelly Mullen, Morgan Partin, Caitlin Patrick, Jamie Patterson and Brooke Vogel; and sophomores Allison Fuster and Janelle Summerville.

Some of the concert highlights will include an eclectic dance piece by Cowan in which she recycles music from several decades between 1920 and 1990; a ballet by Dew inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall; a unique translation of flamenco dance by Banerjea; and a dance about “ecological footprints” in which Klyap’s dancers create an original work of art by making footprints in paint on a paper-covered stage. 

Following the concert, the artwork will be sold and the profits will be donated to Wake Forest’s Student Environmental Action Coalition. 

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children.  Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For additional information, call (336) 758-5295.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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