Senior dance major, Amy Wright, will present Kineseos Taxis: An Undergraduate Honors Thesis Concert this coming Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.
The concert will include six “extremely varied dances” that are all choreographed by Wright. The concert will be performed by undergraduate dance and musical theatre students.
The program is unique in its incorporation of a plethora dancing styles that include modern, theatre, jazz and tap. The array of styles make for different styles to be presented.
The opening performance with the theatre jazz piece to music from Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town.”
“This piece is about the lives of all kinds of people from all different walks,” Wright said.
The main performance is a modern dance based on the William Cullen Bryant poem “The Flood of Years.”
The concert also includes two tap pieces: a trio of two modern dancers and a tap dancer “which explores the juxtaposition between these two very different but very beautiful genres.” Another jazz piece will also be performed to the music of pianist Doug Smith.
The title of the performance is “Kineseos Taxis,” which comes from Plato’s Laws, and literally means “order of movement”. According to Wright this is how Plato describes rhythm.
“The concert is part of an honors thesis project that addresses the function of art, specifically dance, in the lives of the people in a society,” said Wright. “The purpose of the thesis is to prove how necessary art is to people.”
Admission to the concert is free, and for more information call the Dance Box Office at (936)294-3988.