The Wright State Dance Ensemble will premiere six works and feature dances by nationally known guest choreographers Jon Lehrer, of Lehrer Dance, and Greg Robinson during its annual Spring Dance Concert.
Performances take place in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, April 21, at 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at 8pm; and Sunday, April 24, at 2 pm.
The concert will feature eight varied pieces reflecting the breadth and vision of the Dance Program, as well as guest works by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and Dayton Ballet II.
“The concert is sure to have something for everyone. From the music of The Pointer Sisters to the guitar riffs of Richie Havens we paint a canvas in concert dance with athletic, vibrant works of variety,” said Teressa Wylie McWilliams, dance program coordinator and professor.
“The WSU University Dance Ensemble is exquisite. They produce some of the most electric dancers around,” said Greg Graham, Broadway veteran who was guest choreographer at Wright State last year and in 2008.
Jon Lehrer’s “Pantheon Rising,” originally choreographed for Lehrer Dance in 2013, is about the gods and goddesses that created the universe and features a bold musical score by Damien Simon.
Premiering at the concert will be “Revel in the Now,” choreographed by Gina Walther, associate professor of dance, exuberant work for 11 dancers that pays homage to the philosophy of living in the moment; and “A Gathering of Crows” by Justin Gibbs, assistant professor.
The Dance Ensemble will also perform McWilliams’ “The Cost,” featuring music by Richie Havens and Jimi Hendrix, and a senior student work by Elizabeth Ramsey.
Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and can be ordered onlineor by calling the Theatre Box Office at 937-775-2500.
This article by Bob Mihalek first appeared in on the WSU Newsroom