The dance program at the University of Southern Mississippi welcomes New York City-based professional dance company, Misnomer Dance Theatre, to the Hattiesburg campus for a two-week residency Feb. 4-18.
Kicking off the residency, the group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. The public concert will include a post-performance discussion led by Misnomer artist director Chris Elam and the Misnomer dancers.
Having toured nationally and internationally, Misnomer Dance Theatre is known for its inventive movement and unpredictable, fusion-based choreography influenced by interdisciplinary projects. The company earned the rank of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, while The New York Times named Elam’s 2006 production as one of the top 10 choreographies of the year in New York City.
Additional residency activities include a lecture demonstration and creative movement classes on Feb. 5 at the Nora Davis Magnet School in Laurel, as well as classes through the Family Network Partnership and the Mississippi School for the Arts.
Free for the public, the company will offer an opportunity to watch an open rehearsal from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 5 and to participate in a free public community dance class at 2 p.m. Feb. 11, both to be held in the dance Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building.
The company will be featured on the Southern Miss Honors Forum series at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium, presenting research on choreography in international contexts and with interactive technologies.
For the Southern Miss dance program, Elam and his company will teach master classes to dance majors and minors and set Misnomer choreography on a selected cast from the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company. The dance will be performed at the annual Spring Dance Concert scheduled April 2-5.
This residency is funded through Partners for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation and the Southern Miss Vice President for Research and College of Arts and Letters.
Tickets for the Feb. 7 concert are $15 general admission, $10 for Southern Miss faculty/staff, senior citizens and military and $6 for students and may be purchased through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800-844-8425. Order online at www.southernmisstickets.com.
For more information on the residency activities and events, call the dance program office at 601.266.4161; on the Web, visit www.usm.edu/arts or contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988.
Misnomer Dance Theatre will perform at Southern Miss Feb. 7 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Call 601.266.5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss, with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.