The Florida State University School of Dance will present An Evening of Dance April 12, 13, and 14 at 8:00 p.m. in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on FSU’s campus. Evening of Dance features the choreography of renowned School of Dance faculty artists. This year’s concert will present the work of faculty members Anjali Austin, Tim Glenn, Gerri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.
Anjali Austin, former Dance Theatre of Harlem soloist, worked with the inspiration of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 to present Shorn and Brazen, a work which pushes the boundaries of traditional pointe work to an unexpected result.
Tim Glenn is a former member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre. Glenn’s latest multimedia work, Doven Souls, features a glimmering cast of seven vivacious dancers conjuring mystical impressions of a supernatural life force in the hereafter. The contoured choreography, set to an original music score by long-time collaborator Alex Davis, suggests the infinite existence of kinetic motion within a serene and tranquil stage.
Gerri Houlihan, former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and the Lar Lubovich Dance Company, is introducing the talent of the 2011-2012 first-year School of Dance dancers in 4×4, a work originally choreographed for her company, Houlihan & Dancers. According to Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times, “4×4 (is) a bracing chunk of high energy dance made up of sharp fragments of movement that fit together like pieces of a large puzzle.”
In honor of the Centenary of composer John Cage’s birth, Dan Wagoner will be presenting a new work, One Thing After the Other, choreographed to Credo in Us, composed by John Cage. Dan Wagoner danced with many of the early modern dance greats: Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham, who often collaborated with the renowned John Cage. Cage was also a personal friend of Mr. Wagoner.
Jawole Zollar’s work, Women’s Resistance, is excerpted from Les ecailles de la memoire (The scales of memory), a full evening collaborative work of the Senegalese choreographer, Germaine Acogny and Jawole Zollar, artistic director of Urban Bush Women. This work is a vibrant call for the empowerment of women against injustices worldwide.
Tickets for the performance are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $12 for children and non-FSU students and $10 for FSU students with ID. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online at www.tickets.fsu.edu.
For more information about the School of Dance call Joyce Fausone at 850-644-2449 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at dance.fsu.edu. The School of Dance is part of the College of Fine Arts at The Florida State University.