Wake Forest Dance Company presents fall concert

By Pam Barrett
November 7, 2005

The Wake Forest University Dance Company and the university's department of theatre and dance will present its Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert on the MainStage Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20.

A dance company of 30 will perform works by three guest choreographers and six members of the Wake Forest dance faculty.

The guest choreographers will be Suzee Grilley, artistic director of the Suzee Grilley Dance Ensemble and former member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre; Dianne Markham, former assistant dean of the dance department at the North Carolina School of the Arts; and Christina Tsoules Soriano, a dance educator at Providence College, Salve Regina University, Providence Ballet and Festival Ballet.

Grilley, who has taught modern dance technique, improvisation and composition for 25 years, has created an original modern dance titled "7 ♀ (eden eaten)" for the concert. Set to an original score by Lisbeth Scott, the piece depicts the Garden of Eden and questions whether the apple brought about sin or the wisdom of the richness of life.

Markham will present "Voices of Amnesia," a modern piece featuring four dancers personifying the words melancholy, sensual, serious and play that is set to an original score by local composer David McHugh. An award-winning instructor, Markham has created choreography that has been performed nationally and internationally. Her work "Silent Places/The Looking Glass" was the basis of a PBS documentary on the choreographic process.

Tsoules collaborated with the cast to create "Vertically Amiss," an original modern piece set to music by Radiohead. Tsoules has taught and choreographed engagements at Rhode Island College, Trinity College, Amherst College and the Five College Dance Department. She is also a member of Heidi Henderson's company, "elephant JANE dance."

Choreographic work by the dance faculty will include the modern piece "Beholdings," by visiting instructor Shawn Bowman-Hicks; Brantley Shapiro's "Waltz," a restaging of an excerpt from Arthur St. Leon's "Coppellia"; and restaged excerpts from "Swan Lake" by Fanchon Cordell. In addition, the concert will feature Debi Spencer's "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical soundtrack "Rent" and a tap duet called "Rhythm Encounters Accapella"; Tina Yarborough's "Hot Lunch" from the soundtrack "Fame"; and an original abstract ballet by Wake Forest Director of Dance Nina Lucas. Lucas' piece includes classical ballet, jazz and modern dance set to the soundtrack from the motion picture "The Bourne Identity."

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children. Advance tickets will be available beginning Nov. 7 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.