April 21, 2011

Amanda Child '11, Lois Svard, Er-Dong Hu

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Dance Company will present its annual spring dance concert Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

The concert includes choreography by faculty and students, as well as a contemporary ballet piece by guest artist Elizabeth Corbett and a senior piece by 2009 Bucknell graduate Katie Culver.

Kristy Kuhn, a 2000 Bucknell graduate and visiting assistant professor of theater and dance, will present a dramatic contemporary work. Bucknell senior Sarah Thalhamer will present a highly technical and passionate contemporary piece.

Unique collaboration
A highlight of the concert is a unique collaborative work featuring choreography by Bucknell Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Er-Dong Hu, accompanied by piano music played by Professor of Music Lois Svard and senior Amanda Child.

Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary piano music. She has commissioned, premiered and recorded works by many American experimental music composers such as Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, William Duckworth, Elodie Lauten, Kyle Gann, Jerry Hunt and Kirk Nurock.

In her performances throughout the United States and in Europe, Svard celebrates the avant-garde in piano music, notably in recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard or microtonal tunings. She has appeared with chamber groups, such as the Cassatt String Quartet, and with dancer Peter Boal, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens, and available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.

Contact: Division of Communications

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