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New Dance Choreography Featured at Southern Miss

Date    11/9/0
Contact Angela Kilcrease (601) 266-4988


HATTIESBURG -- The Repertory Dance Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present its annual Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 17-19, with a first-ever matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

The program will feature a dynamic array of original choreography by both students and dance faculty, including a high-powered hip-hop duet.

Visiting guest artist Sarah Carlson joins the company in presenting a new piece for 12 dancers called “VORTEX.” Tapping into the collective subconscious, Carlson uses the dance to explore the “whirling energies that accompany an overwhelming obsession or event.”

“Each dancer brings a personal perspective to the dance,” said Carlson, a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a Master of Fine Arts. “Music by the ever evocative Steve Reich and Jon Haek both complements and infuses the action with a sense of breath and relentless momentum.”

Southern Miss professor of dance Janet Prieur reconstructed her 1995 work “Aurora Borealis” into “Bittersweet” for the concert. The accompanying music is an excerpt from Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite, Op. 40,” lending a feeling of sweet melancholy.

The remainder of the concert features original student choreography. Senior Jennifer Centola’s “Pita’s Sorrow” is a journey of one girl’s struggle to make sense of her life.

“The 10-minute performance will twist and turn with many surprises,” the Gretna, La., native promised. “We’ll build a sense of anticipation for an eye-opening ending.”

For “Middle Ground,” junior choreographer Keri Swantek of Brentwood, Tenn., uses three dancers, each of whom are fighting an internal battle while seeking balance with each other.

“On The Verge,” choreographed by senior Abby Pisani of Decatur, Ala., engages an all-female quartet to explore the theme of resistance. “The music chosen for the piece is very subtle with a continuous and steady tempo, which provides a nice background for the movement,” Pisani said.

Senior Stephanie Simeon of Mandeville, La., presents “Individually Urban,” a piece that features five female dancers who capture the essence of true New Orleans jazz music through their compelling, inventive and sexy performance.

Magon Tubbs, a senior from Pascagoula, choreographed “Sensus,” a dance of resilient, free-flowing movement that uses six dancers. Moments of unison, small group work and non-gender specific partnering combine to reveal intimacy and connection.

The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company performs biannually, presenting original choreography by faculty, students and guest artists. Dancers are selected for the company by audition and perform concerts in a variety of venues on and off campus. Most often, the works presented will have been newly created during the semester in which they are shown and receive their premiere at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century workforce, providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss, with additional teaching and research campuses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at

Tickets for each show of the series are $6 for students, $10 for Southern Miss faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens, and $12 for general admission. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 or order online at

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