Dance Works XI

Apr 24, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre

Photo of Emily Abramson by photographer Chris Leck

Dance Works XI at Pacific University celebrates women choreographers this spring including featured guest choreographers Josie Mosely and Lisa Thorngren. Evening performances begin at 7:30. In addition to an evening show on Saturday, a matinee begins at 2

Dance Works XI at Pacific University celebrates women choreographers this spring including featured guest choreographers Josie Mosely and Lisa Thorngren.  All the pieces to be performed by Pacific’s gifted university dance company, Pacific Dance Ensemble (PDE).  Artistic Director Jennifer Camp founded PDE in 2004.  Dance Works XI celebrates its eleventh year of dance and the its second year offering a Dance Major.  

Mosely will restage "When I close my Eyes" on the company. Mosely states " this dance is inspired by a nun who hid Jewish children in the basement of a convent during Hitler's reign of power. The gestures and hand signals are silent forms of communication used in the concentration camps and during transport."

One of the Pacific Northwest’s finest choreographers, Josie Moseley has captivated audiences for over 25 years with her solo performances and group pieces set on various artists and companies worldwide. White Bird was excited to bring her company to the stage for the first time, and was received by sold out audiences. More recently, she was commissioned to create a work for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Dance Magazine recognized her as one of the “100 most influential choreographers of 2010”.

Additional choreographers in Dance Works XI include senior student Emily Abramson, faculty members Anita Mitchell, Mary Hunt, and Pacific’s Artistic Director of Dance, Jennifer Camp.

Lisa Thorngren is a dance artist, scholar and educator who recently relocated to Portland from Phoenix, Arizona. Lisa has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and an M.F.A. in Dance from Arizona State University.   She is a Pilates with a dance specialization through Body Arts and Science International, and she recently completed her certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist™ through the Restorative Exercise™ Institute. 

Thorngren gets personal about her new work and explains "Conspire for Light  uses full-bodied, physical movement to explore ideas of mental and emotional exhaustion, and how that exhaustion manifests itself in the body. Gravity and momentum drive the movement in this piece, as dancers explore how initiation in one area of the body can create an entire wave of movement." 

Student choreographer Emily Abramson will present "Where Words Leave Off which will be performed in the American College Dance Festival at University of Montana the first week of April thanks to the funding from the Elise Elliott Trust.

Camp established Pacific Dance Ensemble in 2004, one year after arriving at Pacific University. Now the company is seventeen dancers strong and features young artists from many diverse dance backgrounds. As Camp says, “Diverse training creates a balance within the group and aids in the company’s ability to dance classical works, contemporary, musical theatre and African dance, and many others styles." Students take regular dance technique classes and rehearse daily while also managing rigorous academic schedules. Camp has presented the successful company in numerous Portland performances since 2008, most recently in the Galaxy Festival 2014.

The Dance degree became an official program in the fall of 2012, serving as a wonderful addition to Pacific’s liberal arts programs.  A Dance major complements numerous other degree programs and many students choose Dance as a second degree.

The university is set in a beautiful area just 35-40 minutes from Portland.  As Camp points out, “Students are able to attend professional dance performances by local, national, and international companies as well as get exposure and experience from arts and dance companies in the area, while completing their degree at Pacific.”

Spring Dance Works XI will be held at the Tom Miles Theatre in Warner Hall. The show runs Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, April 26th with performances at 7:30 pm daily, as well as a 2:00 pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are $8.00 general admission and $5.00 for students, seniors, and alumni, and can be purchased at the door. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as seating is limited and the shows fill up quickly. 

Contact the box office at 503-352-2918. 

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