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Released April 21, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company will offer three opportunities to see student choreographic works performed on April 29-May 1 at Studio 115 in the Theatre and Dance Building.

The university's Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Handmade Dances," a concert of made-from-scratch works by six students and one faculty member.

Stacy Reischman, director of the dance program at Southern Miss, has created an aerial dance, where six female dancers wearing harnesses swing and spin while suspended from the ceiling-creating an illusionary world. For this concert, Reischman said, "this dance is a continuation of my recent exploration into dances that exist on more than the floor."

Natasha Casely-Hayford, recently crowned Miss Southern 2004 and a senior dance major, has choreographed a piece that illuminates the intricacies of the music by jazz artist Nina Simone. The music is paired with relaxed movement and an undulating feel. Her dancers alternate between groups and duets.

Rebecca Lynn Sleger, a junior performance and choreography major, has created a piece, "Filling the Gap," about dependency. Her dance portrays how one thrives off others instead of finding his or her own way to survive.

Anika Bush, another junior choreographer, will showcase a dance about the ups and downs of relationships by combining modern dance with lyrical jazz. The dance is a duet that sometimes appears to be a solo act. The lyrics help the audience relate to the internal story of the dancer.

Tawnia Vollstedt, a senior performance and choreography major, has created "Concrete's Fall," an emotion-initiated dance using free-strength movement. The dance centers on the emotions of separation.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday, and tickets will be sold at the door only. Thursday's admission is "pay what you can." For more information, call the dance office at (601) 266-4161.


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April 23, 2004 12:05 PM