Night of Dance
Russell H, Miller Theatre, FAC
April 20-23, 2023
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm
Sunday Matinee, 2pm
On Demand: Could 5-7, 2023
The Western Kentucky College’s Division of Theatre and Dance continues to flourish on the hill as the one establishment in Kentucky accredited by the Nationwide Affiliation of Faculties of Dance. You possibly can see the WKU Dance Program in motion as they conclude their season with their efficiency of Night of Dance, that includes the WKU Dance Firm performing an inspiring number of ballet, jazz, fashionable, and faucet dance choreography. Audiences of all ages will probably be intrigued by the talent and artistry displayed by this inventive and profound dance live performance.
This annual live performance contains an array of dance kinds and genres from classical to modern choreography created by WKU dance school and nationally acclaimed visitor artists. Work included on this yr’s live performance ranges from a sentimental ensemble faucet dance that includes the scholars’ particular person tales to a contemporary group work capturing the thought of the house between mild and darkness. The live performance options two ballet works together with an excerpt from La Bayadere, a classical choreography choreographed by Marius Petitpas and set by dance school Roberto Sifontes, and a recent ballet piece, Suite for Six, choreographed by Assistant Professor Anna Patsfall. Primal, choreographed by Professor Amanda Clark, is an energizing and fast-paced jazz dance carried out by 13 dancers. This work depicts that inside need to be each a part of a bunch but to take care of self-autonomy and management and displays this battle by rhythmical and dynamic jazz dance actions and methods that comply with a tribalistic beat. This yr’s Night of Dance additionally encompasses a scholar piece. Senior dance main Lauren Gore’s work Ame Purdue is about residing in and reflecting upon the previous. Gore’s work additionally had the privilege of being taken to the adjudicated efficiency on the Southeast Area American Faculty Dance Affiliation convention in March. From classical to pop music, lighthearted to summary themes, there are certain to be items to entertain and mesmerize all audiences.
A spotlight of this yr’s live performance is a piece choreographed by nationwide visitor artist Richard Ashworth. His choreography is supported by the WKU Mahurin Honors Faculty and the WKU Potter Faculty Range, Fairness, and Inclusion Grants. Ashworth is a dance educator, choreographer, and performer thinking about technical basis and corresponding social cultures. He has carried out and choreographed for a lot of firms equivalent to Chicago Dance Crash, and Chicago Faucet Theatre. After receiving his Grasp of High-quality Arts in dance in 2021 on the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he now lectures at UWM and Carthage Faculty, whereas persevering with dance-based neighborhood outreach by Danceworks MKE. He has chosen to set a high-energy, whimsical faucet and hip-hop fusion piece on the corporate that includes a bloom of jellyfish, crashing waves, and foolish sea creatures. The WKU Dance Firm loved having Ashworth on campus for the visitor residency the place he taught grasp courses and created and rehearsed his unique choreography with the dancers.
The WKU Dance Firm, the resident dance ensemble of the Division of Theatre & Dance, consists of 37 dance majors and minors. School and college students started engaged on this live performance in January and look at it because the end result of a yr’s value of arduous work and dedication. The live performance size is roughly 90 minutes. Performances will happen in Russell Miller Theatre throughout the Ivan Wilson High-quality Arts Heart on the WKU Bowling Inexperienced campus. Performances run April 20-23, 2023, at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets could be bought upfront at wku.showare.com or on the door.
The WKU Dance Program invitations highschool college students within the WKU Dance Program to take part within the Spring Dance Day, held on Sunday, April twenty third. Functions are additionally open for the WKU Summer time Dance Intensive. The intensive is designed to help intermediate to superior dancers (grades 9-12) in changing into “pondering artists.” Dancers could have the chance to check methods equivalent to ballet, jazz, and fashionable dance, together with coursework equivalent to pointe, faucet, dance improvisation, dance historical past, and world dance types. Day by day discussions and occasions will spotlight particular curiosity subjects designed to assist put together and encourage the pre-professional dancer. The intensive will culminate in a efficiency that includes college school and visitor artist choreography. The week-long program will supply dancers the distinctive alternative to discover college-level dance and all of what the WKU Dance Program has to supply. For extra details about the Dance Program and occasions, go to https://www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance/.
April 20-23, 2023
Russell H. Miller Theatre, FACThursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm CST
Sunday at 2pmAdults $16
College students/Seniors (62+) $12
Digital Live performance On Demand:
Could 5-7, 2023
On Demand Ticket: $12 + price
TICKETS FOR DIGITAL CONCERT MUST BE PURCHASED HERE: https://bit.ly/WKUDigitalSeason
-submitted by WKU Division of Theatre & Dance