The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host the Spring Studio 115 Faculty Dance Concert May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a performance May 2 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building, Room 115. Admission is $5 for the public.
The Studio 115 Faculty Dance Concert features choreography by dance faculty and performances by the Repertory Dance Company and dance faculty. After a semester of performances around the Hattiesburg community and in alternate formats such as Dance for Film, the Repertory Dance Company returns to the intimate setting of their home studio transformed into a performance space.
Each dance faculty member choreographed a work for this concert and three faculty members, Meredith Early, Elizabeth Lentz, and Kelly Ferris Lester perform in the concert.
“In this concert, the students delve into a diversity of choreography to demonstrate their athleticism, versatility, and dedication to dance,” said Assistant Professor Kelly Ferris Lester.
The performances draw inspiration from the individual strengths and talents of the dancers and choreographers. Highlights from the concert include: Meredith Early’s Fresh: Redefined, which explores the dynamic between a hip and trendy group of individuals who dance together, challenge each other in “mini dance battles” and skirt the line that separates them from the audience.
Stacy Reischman Fletcher’s work, Mercy, highlights the theme of mercy through abstraction and images, while Shellie Nielsen’s Tangoesque merges contemporary ballet phrases with Argentine Tango music.
Finally, Rebecca McArthur choreographed In the Lit Shadows features three dance faculty performers and experiments with elements beyond the traditional visual effect in dance.
Repertory Dance Company member Tyler McCants, from Mobile, Ala., is a graduating senior and featured in three works, including two duets. His versatility as a dancer and strong technician are highlighted in unique ways in each dance. Specifically, Two Colours was created by Lester to emphasize his dynamic range and honest approach to performance.
Matumbe Himons, a junior from Nashville, Tenn., and Kenmekia Stanton, a senior from Jackson, Miss., perform in two very different works. Early’s work highlights their intense attack and rhythmic nature, while Nielsen’s work accentuates a sensual side of performance.
For more information, contact the Department of Dance at 601.266.4161.