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Released March 20, 2003

Southern Miss DANCE COMPANY PERFORMS IN SPRING CONCERT SERIES

HATTIESBURG - 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.

New York 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."

In it Haim emphasizes unison movement by having the dancers flip, squirm and jump to Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade."

Dance 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," Nielsen explained.

The dancers 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.

Dance 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

relationships through partnering. Brown's work is a dance story of a woman absorbed in self-reflection.

Senior 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.

Also featured in the show is choreography by junior dance majors Julie Turner, Emily Maurer and Keli Gough.

Tickets 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.

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