HATTIESBURG - The
Repertory Dance Company at The University of Southern Mississippi
opens its 2004-05 season Nov. 18-20 with the presentation of its
Fall Dance Concert of original faculty, student and guest artist
The concert, held at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the
Mannoni Performing Arts Center, continues in the tradition of "showcasing
the highest caliber work to the community," said Stacy Reischman,
chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Miss. The
featured works span the aesthetics of dance and range from musical
and whimsical to emotional and physical.
"Bottoms Up" is an athletic and quirky movement
exploration of jazz composer Ben Allison's selection "Third
Rail." The movement is designed as a musical visualization,
giving the musical notes and phrases a physical face. It also portrays
as a musical conversation, where dancing and music interacts, reacts
and eventually partners.
Choreographer Julie Hammond, visiting assistant professor
of dance in the Southern Miss program, has restaged "Bottoms
Up" with significant changes-ones she said "suit the diverse
and unique skills of her new cast."
"The movement vocabulary, like the music itself,
is unexpected, rhythmic and fun," she explained.
"Alleged Dances," choreographed by Professor
Janet Prieur, is set to the music of 20th-century composer John
Adams. Adams' vivid notes from his compact disc jacket cited "these
dances are 'alleged' because the steps for them have yet to be invented.
They cuss, chaw, hock hooeys, scratch and talk too loud."
Prieur's dance does not tell a story, but it does
capture his ideas and interprets his musical ideas. "The audience
will see dances that are quirky, sensual and full of high energy,"
Visiting guest artist Trebien Pollard has created
a dance called "Democracy Divine," which he described
as a "moving portrait of social justice that extends beyond
this world into the spirit realm." Pollard's large cast of
dancers excels at distinguishing the movement vocabulary as his
theme unravels on stage.
Moving the concert program into student choreography,
dance major Julie Brant of Huntsville, Ala., created "Waiting
for Yesterday," a dance, she explained, that "explores
time, space and energy through diverse movement and direct stage
The dance includes moments of unison, different groupings,
and partnering by three dancers who explore the actualization of
time with ticking, sharp and angular movements. Also, the trio will
play with the timing of abstract movement to represent time passing
slowly, quickly, or not at all.
A trio of dancers explores the issue of codependence
in relationships and portrays a struggle for individualism in "Overlapping
Oneness," a student choreographed dance created by Bethany
Cagle of West Point, Ga.
Tickets for each show of the series are $6 for students,
$8 for Southern Miss faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens,
and $10 for general admission. For tickets, call the Southern Miss
Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Order online at