- The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of
Southern Mississippi will present the 2003 Spring Dance Concert
(SDC) April 3-5 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
The university's Repertory Dance Company will perform works
created by faculty, guest artists and students on three consecutive
evenings at 7:30 p.m.
choreographer and dancer Mark Haim, who performed a solo concert
at Southern Miss in January, has set a large dance for the
company called "Parade."
Haim emphasizes unison movement by having the dancers flip,
squirm and jump to Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on
faculty member Shellie Nielsen has restaged her work "Le
Soiree," an ensemble work that looks at mannerisms and
affectations of the French aristocracy during the Baroque
period. "The movement (of the dancers) is not meant to
be authentic, but it imparts the essence of the period,"
in Nielsen's piece will perform to the grand music of Marin
Marais as they weave their way through brief encounters and
secret trysts in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
alumni Suzanne Hirsch and Emily Brown have set smaller works
for the company. Set to the music of pop singer Natalie Merchant,
Hirsch's dance delves into the aspects of human
through partnering. Brown's work is a dance story of a woman
absorbed in self-reflection.
dance major Meredith Robertson, the recipient of the first
Liberace scholar designation at Southern Miss, has created
a solo dance work that she describes as "an experimentation
of the use of abstract movement, film and text." The
dancer's focus highlights moments of suspension and release
through movement. Robertson uses the music of Billie Holiday,
Minor Threat and Iva Bittova as her sound score.
featured in the show is choreography by junior dance majors
Julie Turner, Emily Maurer and Keli Gough.
are $10 for adults, $8 for Southern Miss faculty and staff and senior
citizens and $6 for students. For tickets, call the Southern
Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Order
online at www.tickets.usm.edu.