- The Repertory Dance Company (RDC) at The University of Southern
Mississippi will give its first performance of the 2003-04 season
Nov. 6-8 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium.
The Fall Dance
Concert will feature choreography of Southern Miss dance faculty,
students, alumni, and guest artists. While the dances vary in style,
all exude the high level of performance that audiences have come
to expect from Department of Theatre and Dance majors.
Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith, who held a two-week guest artist
residency at Southern Miss in September 2003, have reset their work
"To Have and to Hold" for the RDC. In this work, wood
and flesh intermingle among six performers in a personal view of
relationships and loss.
Smith conceived the idea for their dance in 1989 when they returned
to the United States after spending a year in Finland. The duo returned
to find their world very different from when they left, and this
inspired them to create the work.
associate professor of dance and rehearsal director, described the
piece as "challenging - full of athletic feats and quiet moments."
She added that she has watched the cast "blossom into a beautifully
sensitive ensemble" while rehearsing the work for performance.
Narcissus" is one of two faculty works featured on the concert
program, choreographed by Stacy Reischman, director of the Southern
Miss dance program, and set to the guitar music of Agustin Barrios.
duet defines the differences and similarities between two people.
She performs in her own work along with Melissa Beauvais, an alumna
of the dance program. The audience can expect to see visually striking
moments paired with ongoing movement, physical contact, and lifts.
A work by Dee
Dee Watson, a senior from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., will be featured
as one of five student-choreographed dances on the evening's program.
Her dance "Imminent Perception" is set to a Philip Glass
musical arrangement and features five dancers who explore movement
through dancing freely onstage while being confined in space.
also incorporates two Plexiglas sculptures that vary in size and
shape - one is tall and narrow, one is short and wide. While in
the sculpture, the dancers exaggerate their movements to fit the
also features choreography by new dance faculty member Becky Dyer,
Beauvais, Emily Maurer, Emily Bearden, Bethany Nelson, and Marlena
three-night run, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets
are $10 for general admission, $8 for Southern Miss faculty and
staff, senior citizens, and Southern Miss alumni, and $6 for students.
For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418
or 800-844-8425. Order online at