Wake Forest dancers present choreography at spring concert
April 1, 2009
The Wake Forest University Dance Company will present its annual spring dance concert beginning April 23. The concert will feature choreography by Wake Forest dance students and a collaborative composition created and performed by Wake Forest’s dance composition class.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 23-25 and at 2 p.m. April 26 in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.
Nine student dancers will present their own choreography at the concert. The program will include duets and small and large ensembles featuring a variety of dance such as classical ballet, modern and jazz set to soundtracks from the films “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Across the Universe” as well to songs by Styx and other groups.
Among the performances, senior Lizzie Cain will present a piece that integrates classical ballet with traditional Irish step dancing. Seniors Ashlin Smith and Jenna Stento will present high-energy jazz pieces featuring leaps, technical turns and difficult partner lifts. Junior James Blair will present a piece featuring a live performance by senior Elizabeth Hartley on saxophone.
The concert will close with a piece created by the dance composition class, taught by Christina Tsoules Soriano, assistant professor of theatre and dance and director of the concert. The piece features the music of renowned multimedia artist Meredith Monk and includes all nine of the class members as performers. During Wake Forest’s Creativity Symposium in March, the class performed the piece for Monk, who critiqued it. The piece reflects her feedback and suggestions.
Concert tickets are $10; $5 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office (336) 758-5295.