The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company will explore what it means to be human during its Studio 115 Spring Dance Concert featuring the works of five Southern Miss students. The performances are set for 7:30 p.m. May 6-7 and 2 p.m. on May 8 in Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building.
The pieces in this concert depict human life through stories of mental and physical struggle, survival, hope, rejuvenation and artistic beauty. Junior student choreographers, majoring in either dance education or performance and choreography created each work in this concert.
“Their works are windows into who we all are as human beings. There will also be a post-performance discussion with the choreographers after the show on Thursday night,” said Kelly Ferris, assistant professor of dance at Southern Miss.
Molly Peresich’s work, “Was Blind, But Now”, is a relaxing and hopeful piece, incorporating sculptures of lighthouses that warmly illuminate the space. “Let the overwhelming waves of the stressful moments in your life come to a hush and allow the harmonious atmosphere engulf you and carry your worries and anxieties far out to sea,” said the Ocean Springs, Miss., native.
Nicole Taylor of Memphis, Tenn. investigates the effect persuasion from others may have on a person, and the decisions one must make for his/her own being in her piece “Persistence= Excellence.” Her Taylor’s work is a journey into a decision-making mind through dreams and will rewind back to reality with resolution.
Continuing this exploration of the human spirit, “Each Heart Knows Its Own Pain,” choreographed by Hattiesburg native Mae King-Alvarado, is a journey through the process of pain and suffering of a broken heart. This work visits the many faces of grief, frustration, and pain through pedestrian movement and bound gestures.
Bodily contortion and aggressive movements encompass the work of New Orleans, La. Native Gianni Reid. “caTaTonia" will bring the audience through the perils and bizarre mishaps of a person suffering with schizophrenia. The schizophrenic character hopes to overcome her disorder, leaving the audience wondering where it will end.
Cheryl Cornacchione’s work “Abstraction #1” is reminiscent of a Jackson Pollack painting with primary colored paint splattered across a canvas. “It incorporates electronic music and unconventional movement that will keep you guessing until it is over,” says Cornacchione, a Magnolia, Miss. native. She will take audiences on an exciting, visual journey, filling the stage with intertwining layers and shapes that constantly morph before your eyes.
The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company performs annually, presenting original choreography by faculty, students and guest artists. Dancers are selected for the company by audition and perform concerts in a variety of venues both on and off campus.
Tickets are sold at the door for $5 per person. For more information, call 601.266.4161.
The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company will perform its spring semester concert May 6-8 at the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus. (Submitted photo)
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