Celebrating a woman’s strength

Women will be celebrated in a production choreographed by two graduate students, Samantha Angus and Kyla Olson. The two have joined together and created a thesis dance concert based on female topics, which will run Thursday and Friday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Open auditions were held at the beginning of last semester. The production includes 25 dancers, all of which are female. Once the dancers were chosen, rehearsals quickly followed.The concert, entitled “SHE,” combines two concepts from both Olson and Agnus. “Both [Samantha] and I knew what concepts we wanted to work with for our thesis the first semester of graduate school, in August of 2005,” Olson said. “We decided to do our thesis concert together because of the complimentary subject matter.”Angus’ piece, “Women Embodied,” is an interpretation of the feminist artist Judy Chicago’s composition “The Dinner Party.” The focus will be on the female body as subject versus object in art and dance.Olson’s is presenting a piece titled, “You Who Give Us Courage; You Who Gave Us Hope,” which will demonstrate the coping strategies of female survivors of the Holocaust and serve as a tribute.”We both support the idea of strong women who can do anything,” Olson said. “We feel it’s important to celebrate being a woman, whether you’re strong, sensitive, fragile, sensual, daring or loving.”Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call the dance department at (936) 294-4195 or visit the dance department Web site at http://www.shsu.edu/~dnc_www/.

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