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Thursday, December 03, 2009
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   

Five University of Southern Mississippi seniors will take the stage tonight at 7:30 for the Repertory Dance Company’s Studio 115 Dance Concert in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Studio 115 is produced, choreographed and performed entirely by students each semester as one of two major concerts presented annually. Each choreographer was selected through a competitive adjudication process to participate in the concert.

Tickets are $5 per person and will be sold at the door. The concert will run nightly at 7:30 from Dec. 3-5 in the Theatre and Dance building.

“The pieces share a diversity of movement styles, choreographic approaches and meaning/content behind the movement,” said Julie White, assistant professor of dance. “Mary Schindler’s work in particular is a modern piece titled ‘To These Bones’ that explores the relationship between a soloist and a group which purposely invites personal interpretation of the dance’s story.”

White describes Schindler’s work as “rich in invention and full bodied movement, with a variety of dynamics and relationships among dancers.” A native of Metairie, La., Schindler, like all of the students presenting at the concert, is a dance performance and choreography major.

“I hope the audience can enjoy ‘To These Bones’ and connect to what the dancers have to say,” said Schindler.

Jessica Hernandez, from Hattiesburg, will perform her piece “Gravattach” to the upbeat tempo of techno music. She utilizes chairs to facilitate a unique partnering and athleticism in movement.

Courtney Simon’s piece “From Nothing Comes Something” is set to music and accompanied by text, both of which she personally wrote for this performance. A native of Brandon, Miss., Simon explores topics of love, shame and how an individual processes these emotions and influences in life.

Ashley Lane of Long Beach, Miss., incorporates a multi-media projection in her piece “Aus To Nol,” which is inspired by a train ride she took from Atlanta to New Orleans. Her dancers act as passengers on the train.

Laura Moorhouse of Petermarisburg, South Africa will utilize string as a prop for her performance titled “Channeling Arbitrary Parallels.” The use of strings stretch from one side of the stage to another “define the space, set limitations for the dancers and frames the piece in a unique way” according to White. 

White will also present two dance performances for the concert. “Both are restaging of historical ballets,” she said. “The first is the Kitri variation from the larger ballet “Don Quixote” and the second variation is from the ballet ‘Sylvia.’ The two variations couldn’t be more different from one another, but together they truly illuminate the high level of artistry our dance majors are regularly achieving in the ballet technique.”

Schindler will perform as the character of Kitri and Kellis McSparrin, a senior from Clinton, will perform the role of Sylvia. “It is also a chance for patrons to see famous ballet variations fully produced once more for an audience,” said White.

The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company was established to provide performance opportunities for dance majors and to promote excellence in dance performance among students. As company members, students gain high insight into the protocol and standards of professional dance as they prepare for careers in performance and choreography.

For more information, call the Department of Theatre and Dance at 601.266.4161.

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