May 04, 2012
Dance Department Presents Spring Concert(Painesville, Ohio) – The Dance Department of Lake Erie College is pleased to present the annual Spring Dance Concert on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. The concert, as always, is filled with a range of styles that reflect and celebrate the diversity of artistic communication that is dance at its best.
The Dance Department has been active this spring with bachelor of fine arts candidates Kailei Fields, Stephanie Kilper and Maggie Runyon preparing their senior theses dances. All three candidates chose to perform ambitious multimedia works. Each dance shares the unique vision of the individual choreographer with the common theme of community responsibility.
Kailei Fields choreographed Inundated, a work that explores the impact of the devastating Grand River flood of 2006 on herself, her family and neighbors. Set to the haunting music of "The Kronos Quartet,” Inundated uses text, visual images and movement to create an emotional journey in which the performers move through fear and loss to ultimate transformation through the unexpected grace of community.
In August 2010, Stephanie Kilper traveled to Bosnia with a group of students with the goal of using the arts to connect diverse communities through creative expression. She was inspired by those rich and varied experiences to create One Tear. Lake Erie College students shared personal stories that ultimately provided the structure of her work. Traditional Balkan music and Kilper’s photos of Bosnia are also incorporated in the piece. It is her hope that One Tear honors the lives of all Bosnians who generously shared their experiences of the war and its aftermath.
Maggie Runyon became involved in the deaf community and intends to become an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. She was inspired by the dance-like quality of ASL causing her to create Easy as ABC, in which she uses the ASL alphabet and several common signs to create a quirky and humorous work. Set to dance techno music, a genre very popular within the deaf community, Easy as ABC offers a glimpse into a different style of communication and is informative and entertaining.
Master drummer/dancer Habib Iddrisu is a perennial favorite with the Lake Erie College community. This spring, Dr. Iddrisu returned by popular demand to teach a series of "standing room only” master classes and to set his award-winning South African Gum Boot Dance on master class participants. Fourteen dancers, including Lake Erie College students, alumnae and guest artists from the Cleveland State University Dance Program, took up the challenge to perform this tour-de-force of excitement and energy.
The spring dance concert will also highlight the talents of alumni Hannah Ziegler and Howard Washington II. Both graduated in 2008 with bachelor of fine arts degrees in dance and continue to teach, choreograph and perform throughout the area. This year, Ziegler will reprise her hauntingly beautiful solo Faire, Sweet, Cruell, while Washington will premiere Epiphany, a high octane solo created in his uniquely expressive hip-hop style. Washington also choreographed Why I Dance, an award-winning project that will be performed by dancers from his DN204 Hip Hop Dance class.
Rounding out the concert is Finding the Ins and Outs, choreographed by guest artist Lynn Deering, director of the Cleveland State University Dance program, and performed by members of the CSU Dance Company. Set to an exuberant "Vivaldi Concerto,” Finding the Ins and Outs is full of lyrical movements and strong spatial designs that are the hallmarks of Deering’s work.
Admission is free for the Lake Erie College community. General admission is $5.00 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call 440.375.7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts is easily accessible from the Lake Erie College campus, 391 W. Washington Street, Painesville. Free parking is available at the Gillett Street entrance.