April 18, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present a spring dance concert Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8, $6 for senior citizens.

The concert will feature choreography by two guest artists as well as works of varying dance genres by students, alumna and faculty.

"The program's range of music and movement is sure to delight a wide variety of interests with its curiously eclectic mix of dance styles," said Er-Dong Hu, associate professor of dance at Bucknell and director of the spring dance concert.

Guest choreographers

Renowned guest choreographer Cathy Young, assistant professor of dance at Ursinus College and former dancer with Zenon Dance Company and Danny Buraczeski's Jazzdance, set a jazz work on members of the Bucknell Dance Company. "'Zero Cool' is a mature and sassy display of true "jazzdance" set to the energizing orchestrations of Duke Ellington," said Dustyn Martincich, visiting assistant professor of dance.

Guest artist Peter Anastos, the founding director and choreographer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and long-standing collaborator of Mikhail Baryshnikov, also challenged the Bucknell Dance Company with a new work. "'Balletptomaine" is a comedic rendition of ballet en pointe. As a parody, it stretches boundaries of classical ballet and its dancers," Hu said.

Hu presents a dramatic contemporary ballet with an exotic flair, using music and movement incorporating Latin dance styles. Martincich encourages audiences to "follow the shoes" in her new work involving theatrical narrative with a jazz movement vocabulary. 

Other innovative works in the concert line-up include "At Last ... Already" by 2006 Bucknell graduate Vita Lamberson, as well as modern, jazz, and contemporary ballet choreography by Bucknell students Heather Esckilsen, Jamie Haseltine and Cathy Kruesi.

Complimenting the program is a costume design team headed by Paula Davis-Larson and lighting designs by Annemarie Duggan.

Tickets are $8, ($6 for students and 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., or online at www.bucknell.edu/x2572.xml.  For more information about this performance, call 577-1000.

Posted April 18, 2007

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