Spring Dance Works IX

Apr 26, 2012 - Apr 28, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall

Photo of Nikita Santino by Mark Fukui

Spring Dance Works IX ends the week-long celebration of National Dance Week, with three spectacular evenings of dance on April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Pacific University's Tom Miles Theatre.

Read more about the upcoming concert in the Pacific magazine Editor's Blog.

The concert is filled with a mix of works from classical to contemporary, performed by Pacific’s very own university dance company, Pacific Dance Ensemble (PDE).

On the program, a special performance by Portland Dance Collaboration (PDC), a collection of professional dancers who collaborate from choreography to scheduling in one company; two guests choreographers, James Healey and Cait Powers; new works from three senior student choreographers, Lindsey Olin, Nikita Santino and Shauna Tilp; faculty member Mary Hunt; and artistic director Jennifer L. Camp.

James Healey, Pacific’s resident choreographer this spring, is a former founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York, where he danced for the last 10 years before recently relocating to Oregon. Healey's experimental work, Sway, set on 18 PDE members, was partially developed through structured improvisations with the company along with blending set movement phrases. Healey explains, “There was an effort to draw emotional tension or interpretation and use that energy for the overall development of the movement.”  Healey’s focus was to explore the “negative space” and its result of the “energetic relationships.”

Cait Powers, dancer and choreographer from Portland Dance Collaboration, set a poetic contemporary ballet, Shadow Cast, on three senior company members of PDE, Kathleen Brown, Kaitlyn Heater and Shauna Tilp.

Senior student choreographers reveal truths and tell stories this spring with some pretty creative works. Shauna Tilp’s work, in·qui·e·tude, expresses the feeling of unsettled restlessness and anxiety in making difficult choices. Nikita Santino, in her fourth year creating narrative dances, explores the fun of story-telling around a campfire in her newest work, Campfire Scene. Lindsey Olin will surprise us all with her latest solo, Otherwise.

Mary Hunt showcases her modern jazz roots with a her work set on five PDE members from an excerpt from the score of Pina.

Jennifer L. Camp, artistic director, will present four works on the program: Luminance, set to music by Zoe Keating; Random Moments in a Day of Traveling and excerpts from Ties Within, both works set to music by Rachel’s; and a classical work, Waltz # 1, set to the music by  composer Richard Strauss. Camp’s work is theatrically lyrical and expressive, and always surprising.

Camp established Pacific Dance Ensemble in 2004, one year after arriving at Pacific University. The company has grown into 21 dancers, who come from diverse dance backgrounds.  “The 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," Camp says. The students are required to take daily technique in addition to their daily rehearsal and academic schedule.  Camp presented the company in numerous Portland performances since 2008, most recently in Call in June 2011 and the Fertile Ground Festival/Groovin Green House in January 2012.

Camp also is pleased to announce that the Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a dance major starting fall 2012, in addition to the already established dance minor. The dance major will be a wonderful addition to Pacific’s programs. 

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

Spring Dance Works runs April 26, 27 and 28 in Tom Miles Theatre at Warner Hall. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Tickets prices are $5 -$7 and can be purchased at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended, as there is limited seating and the shows fill up quickly. 

Contact the box office at 503-352-2918. 

For more information, email dance@pacificu.edu.

Posted by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

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