The Dance Program within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Anderson University will present Spring into Dance 8, the annual faculty and guest artist concert at Reardon Auditorium on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature choreography by guest artist Sharon Wong and works by dance faculty Jane Hachiya-Weiner, Doug King, George Salinas, Kenny Shepard, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele and Oybek Tashpulatov. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/AU Faculty/Alumni, $10 for AU students, and $5 for children 6-10 yrs. Children 6 and under are free. Group discounts (10 or more) are available with advance purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the AU School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at (765) 641-4543 or (800) 619-3047.
The concert will feature many different but interrelated works. Concert pieces explore sculptural movement, classical ballet, contemporary liturgical ballet, fantasy, relationships, comedy, 1930s-era theatrical characterization, and the connection of classical music and formal dance structures to contemporary movement. The concert is family friendly and highlights the creative exploration and depth of the choreographers as well as the range and strength of the dancers.
Audience members will experience contemporary jazz work set to the music of Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, and Kirk Franklin through this year’s guest artist, Sharon Wong. Wong is the former chair of the jazz department at the Alvin Ailey School in New York and former member of the executive board for the Ailey/Fordham College BFA program. She is a national and international choreographer of modern, jazz, and culturally relevant themed works. Her piece, Still Standing explores how the people of New York came together after hurricane Sandy. For each section in Still Standing, the flavor or the intent of the movement and emotion changes to reflect the faith and community of the human spirit.
Shauna Steele’s Notes I Never Delivered takes its inspiration from the thought unspoken, the letter unsent, the risk you didn’t take to stand up and express your thought or belief. Each dancer represents a thought or idea that went undelivered. Her other work, And Now for Something Completely Different is a dance theatre comedy about little girls creating with their imagination. Oybek Tashpulatov restages two excerpts from the ballet Le Corsaire, a classical ballet whose current, popular version was choreographed by Marius Petipa (1869). Le Corsaire or "Pirates" tells the story of the lives and loves of pirates. Primarily a choreographer for musical theatre, Doug King’s piece Swing Time Café was inspired by the musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and takes place in a New York swing club in the 1940s. Jane Hachiya-Weiner’s Ascent is about the journey from the darkness of the mind into faith and hope.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.