Spring Dance Concert set for April 24 and 25
The Lake Erie College Dance Department will be performing its annual spring dance concert April 24 and April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre of the College’s Fine Arts Building.
The concert will feature original works choreographed and performed by senior bachelor of fine arts (BFA) candidates Howard Washington Jr. and Hannah Ziegler. Group works created by artist-in-residence Habib Iddrisu and guest artists Marlene Leber, Lynn Deering and Helanius Wilkinson will also be presented.
The Dance Department has been active this spring, with two BFA candidates preparing their original work, a semester-long residency with master drummer/dancer Habib Iddrisu and a week-long residency with award winning choreographer Helanius Wilkins. The variety and quality of works presented in this year’s concert are certainly a reflection of the creative activity and energy of this past semester.
Washington will perform a self-created solo titled, “Glimpse In2.” Showcasing his talents as a dancer, musician and poet, “Glimpse In2”is a high-energy exploration of life and its challenges, as filtered though Washington’s unique creative vision.
The sextet piece titled, “Con Voce Festiva,” which was choreographed by Ziegler, will also be included in the performances. Set to the music of Alessandro Scarlatti, this work represents Ziegler’s choreographic reinterpretation of the elegance of the court dances and the exaggerations and mischievousness of the visual arts of the late Baroque period.
Master drummer/dancer Iddrisu, a 2008 artist-in-residence at Lake Erie College, set a traditional West African drumming/dancing piece on the Lake Erie students. Vibrant with motion and sound, this piece is a tour-de-force of excitement and energy.
During a week-long residency at the College, award-winning choreographer Wilkins created “Departure,” a group work developed in collaboration with the dancers. Performed by students and alumna of the College and members of the Cleveland State University Dance Program, “Departure” is a beautifully crafted and elegant piece that examines the movement qualities of comings and going.
Guest artist Deering, director of the Cleveland State University Dance program, set sections of her group work “Cripple Creek.” Inspired by the sounds of traditional Appalachian music and performed to the live accompaniment of this music, “Cripple Creek” is an intensely enjoyable and highly accessible introduction to a little-known artistic genre.
Leber, Lake Erie alumna and director of dance at The Hathaway Brown School, restaged her trio “Litany.” Set to traditional nursery rhymes and the hauntingly beautiful music of Meredith Monk, “Litany” is an unflinching examination of unchanging destructive relationships across three generations of mothers and their daughters.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. There is no charge for Lake Erie students, faculty and staff. For additional information, call 440.375.7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.