November 29, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell Dance Company will present its fall dance concert Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall, at Bucknell University.

Tickets are $6, ($4 for senior citizens) available at the door one hour prior to each performance; in advance in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Elaine Langone Center Box Office weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

Directed by Er-dong Hu, professor of dance at Bucknell, the concert will feature commissioned classical ballet dance choreography by guest artist, Betsy Cooper, as well as works by both student and faculty choreographers.

Dance department chair of the University of Washington, Cooper has danced in ballets by Balanchine and Martins in the New York City Ballet's Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky Festivals. According to Er-dong Hu, "The pointe piece she has set for the Bucknell Dance Company is an elegant display of precise and delicate ballet technique. The life and energy reflected in her choreography is uplifting and delightful."

Among the choreography to be featured in this event is the dramatic restaging of a contemporary modern piece by Anna Sokolaw by assistant professor of dance Kelly Knox. A powerful artistic and theatrical exploration of man's loneliness, "Rooms" is a legacy and part of the historical development of the modern dance movement. It is being implemented this semester as part of Knox's continuing research.

"Sweet Billy" is an innovative piece being set by faculty member Jennifer Schmermund, who graduated from Bucknell in 2000. "Schmermund, who is involved in her own professional company in New York, has returned to Bucknell for this semester to teach as an adjunct professor, offering us a unique perspective about childhood relationships through her contemporary modern work," said Er-dong Hu.

Student choreographers include sophomore Sara Fenstermacher, junior Heather Esckilsen, and seniors Amy Esckilsen, Ashley Baer and Vita Lamberson, each of whom bring a unique style of dance to the concert. The variety of music and movement in the concert is sure to appeal to many artistic tastes.

Complimenting the program is a costume design team headed by Paula Davis-Larson, scenic design headed by Elaine Williams, and lighting design headed by Heath Hansum.

For more information about this performance, call 577-1000. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at this event, call 577-2000.

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Posted Nov. 28, 2005

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