April 9, 10, 11, 2015
Montgomery Performance Space
The Allegheny College Dance & Movement Studies Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at 7:00 pm on April 9, 10, and 11, 2015. This year’s concert will be an eclectic mix of genres, including Betsy Sumerfield’s advanced Ballroom students performing four short dances that progress from Speed Dating to The Proposal, The Wedding, and ending in Celebration.
Sumerfield also offers a new piece based on childhood experiences of education in the era of No Child Left Behind. Four musicians join John Hyatt to perform original music live for this work, Sumerfield’s Nen Iuvenis.
James Reedy will present an expanded version of a solo choreographed last year for student Kassandra Krason. This year other performers will join Kassandra to create more images of Crossing. Live music will accompany the piece this year.
Eleanor Weisman and guest artist Jay Hanes will perform a duet inspired by John Dewey’s themes of the aesthetic process. Their piece Compress, Impulse, Express includes Hanes on the cornet and the creation of visual documentation of their work during the performance. Weisman also worked with ten students to create the piece Earth Potential that incorporates unique body sock costumes that create strange shapes on stage. Earth Potential presents a look at underground activity of a newly discovered protein glomalin that helps to sequester carbon in the soil.
Other dances in the concert include a solo by recent Allegheny graduate Angela Adusah and a performance by Gretchen Myers Ballet class. The Spring Concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call the DMS office at 814-332-2813 for more information or to make a reservation.
Photo by Matt Rick