April 18, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present a spring dance concert April 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

The concert will feature choreography by two guest artists as well as works by student, alumna and two faculty choreographers in varying genres from ballet and modern to jazz.

"The program's range of music and movement is sure to delight a wide variety of interests with its curiously eclectic mix of dance genres and styles," said Kelly Knox, assistant professor of dance at Bucknell and director of the spring dance concert.

Renowned guest choreographer Kevin Wynn, artistic director of the Kevin Wynn Collection and former dancer with Jose Limon Company, choreographed an original contemporary work for the Bucknell Dance Company. "Angora and Steel is a virtuosic display of his polyrhythmic intricacies and dynamic energy," said Knox.

New York guest artist Michael Yasenak, formerly with Dendy Dance and 10 y 10 Danza in Madrid, choreographed a work to be premiered during the concert. "Low is set to a compilation of music by Philip Glass and explores the physical and metaphorical properties of light as the dancers address issues of isolation and relationships within a carefully framed parameter," she said.

Knox has choreographed a light-hearted romp set to the big band music of Glen Miller and Harry James. Er-Dong Hu, associate professor of dance, has choreographed a dramatic contemporary ballet piece with nine dancers portraying the range of human emotions from sorrow and loss to joy against the rich music of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Other works will be an innovative piece set by 2004 Bucknell graduate Victoria Willers as well as new student choreography in styles ranging from modern and jazz to ballet and pointe by Melissa Agriminakis, Kristen Bassett and Michelle Wirkus.

Complimenting the program is a costume design team headed by Paula Davis-Larson, lighting designs by Steve Draheim, and scenic design contributions from Elaine Williams.

Tickets are $6, ($4 for senior citizens) available at the door one hour prior to each performance or in advance 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. For more information about this performance, call 577-1000.


Story posted April 17, 2006


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