September 2, 2014  

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Department of Dance to bring Mark’d in Time to Thirsty Hippo

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The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mark’d in Time on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo, located at 309 McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

After the February tornado, when Mannoni Performing Arts Center was declared unusable for the year, faculty met with students and asked them to be open to new kinds of choreography and presentations of dance. Department faculty gave the students several unique options; students could choreograph a site-specific dance, a dance for film piece, a traditional concert dance piece, or come up with their own concert venue and themed dance.

“Tyler McCants was very interested in putting dance into a live music venue, and come to find out, so were two other senior students, Kelsey Guy and Britney Kuehn. All three students were musically driven, and their styles fell into the same kind of theme. Mark’d in Time was their themed creation,” said Department of Dance Professor Elizabeth Lentz.

All three student-choreographers - Tyler McCants from Mobile, Ala., Kelsey Guy from Memphis and Britney Kuehn from Ocean Springs, Miss. are senior Dance Performance/Choreography majors.

Mark’d in Time will be one of the first performances to be featured on a new stage, recently added to a newly expanded Thirsty Hippo.

“Taking dance to the Thirsty Hippo will make the experience very different for both the performers and the attendees. People are also supporting a local business, as well as getting involved in the community, by coming to this show,” said Lentz.

Students are taking on much of the responsibility in the production of the performances. Creating posters, communicating with Thirsty Hippo owners, and still playing an active role in choreographing, all three students are working hard to make Mark’d in Time a success.

“There’s something great about taking dance outside and into the community. It makes the experience more accessible and interactive for people. So, everyone has the opportunity to become a part of dance, and to experience it in a different way. These kind of performances allow everyone in the hub city an opportunity to enjoy dance,” said Lentz.

For more information, contact the Department of Dance at 601.266.4161 or visit http://www.usm.edu/dance.