Dance spectrum to perform ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dances

SHSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting its fall dance concert, Spectrum, on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center Nov. 20th through the 22nd. Shows begin nightly at 8:00 with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Dance Spectrum in Concert is a presentation of an array of dance forms and themes showcasing the talents of their dance program. Choreographers Jennifer Pontius, Cindy Gratz, Kista Tucker, Melissa Wynn and Jonathan Charles, all members of the SHSU dance faculty, will be presenting works in ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance forms.

Ensemble!, choreographed by Jennifer Pontius, celebrates the traditions of ballet interwoven with familiar motifs of character dance. After Images is a reconstruction of a 1992 award-winning piece by Cindy Gratz. It is a compelling work that investigates stages of recovery for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Kista Tucker will be presenting two pieces in the performance. The first is from the Korean War Veterans Memorial Project, which was made possible through a $26,500 developmental grant awarded to Tucker by SHSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The project will premiere as a full work on June 19, 2004 at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies’ Biennial Conference in Long Beach, California.

The second piece is Three Faces of Woman: Determined, Understanding, Passionate. The performance depicts three of the many aspects of a woman’s nature. Yann Tiersen, recently known for his music in the movie, Amlie, composed the music.

Dreams of X within the Time and Space Continuum, by Melissa Wynn, contrasts the frenetic chaos of everyday life with the simple quiet of nature in her 15 dancer piece. The performance is sure to entertain with elements of text, dramatic theatre, video and set design to create a complete environment.

Finally, Jonathan Charles’ Red Tango is a tribute to the tango, Argentina’s second national anthem. This tango represents the roots of the dance by using rhythmic and passionate music. This piece is a tribute to male dancers everywhere.

Tickets for Dance Spectrum are $10 general admission and $8 with SHSU or senior citizen ID. For more information, call 936.294.1875 or 936.294.3988.

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