C of C Dance Program annual spring concert

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014

The faculty and students in the College of Charleston's Department of Theatre and Dance are proud to present the School of the Arts' 6th annual spring dance concert, titled “Embracing Pangaea.”

“We are increasingly becoming a multicultural society. The technological innovations of recent years have radically altered the ways in which we learn about, perceive and explore our world,” says Dr. Gretchen McLaine, Artistic Director.

“Embracing Pangaea” explores multiculturalism through dance, and features faculty, student and guest artist choreography. Additionally, the concert will present two student works that will represent the college at the 2014 American College Dance Festival regional conference.

For this concert, McLaine is re-staging excerpts from August Bournonville's ballet entitled “Napoli.” Created in 1842, “Napoli” was inspired by the Danish choreographer's travels and experiences in Italy. McLaine notes, “The technique is extremely difficult, not only with the technical demands required for the intricate and powerful jumps, but also in terms of the nuanced style and coordination inherent in Bournonville's work. It's an incredible challenge for the students to work in such an unfamiliar style.”

Guest artist and College of Charleston alumnus Julia Rodriguez is setting a work based on West African, cha-cha and other folkloric dance styles.

“I'm honored to be involved in this year's spring concert,” says Rodriguez. “It's tremendously exciting for me to be able to share ethnic styles of dance with the students, who have been enthusiastic and eager to expand their repertoire.”

Rodriguez founded Buen Aché, a Charleston-based Afro-Latino dance company, in 2006 and serves as the Artistic Director and principal choreographer. For more information about Rodriguez or her company, please visit www.buenachedance.com.

The department's concert will be held Saturday, March 15 through Monday, March 17 in the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the college's Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Monday night, and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. For more information and tickets, please visit www.theatre.cofc.edu, email oleksiakm@cofc.edu, or call 843-953-5604.

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