“Moving into Focus” the first Contemporary Dance Production of the 2013-2014 Season

December 30, 2013

 IU Theatre presents Moving Into Focus,
with dances created by Laurie Eisenhower, Larry Keigwin,
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Marlayna Locklear,
Elizabeth Shea, Selene Carter, Iris Rosa, and George Pinney

All performances take place at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre,
Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

January 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m.
with a matinee January 18, at 2:00 p.m.

Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens;
Student Rush Tickets: $10 cash with a valid student ID on the day of each performance.

The Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance presents Moving Into Focus, featuring works which aim to stimulate thinking about the world and our place in it.Runaway group

Elizabeth Shea, Associate Professor and Director of Contemporary Dance, serves as the production coordinator for January’s winter dance concert, which is grouped in two parts. “Part one will be movement oriented,” she says, “while the pieces that comprise part two are more conceptual. Both parts are physically thrilling, beautiful, and sometimes harsh, for the style of contemporary dance reflects all of life.”

The first piece, entitled “Is This the Part,” is choreographed by Laurie Eisenhower, the founder of Eisenhower Dance, a nationally known Michigan-based company in its 23rd season. The second piece, featuring two student dancers, is entitled “Minor Bodies” and was choreographed by Shea, who found inspiration for this piece in the movement of small planets and asteroids.

Professor Iris Rosa, head of the African-American Dance Company, is choreographing a dance with a fusion of styles from the movement traditions of the Diaspora. George Pinney has also created a two-person piece with Junior BFA student Nat Zegree on piano. Professor Selene Carter, Lecturer of Contemporary Dance, is choreographing and directing a 12-minute dance in four sections with live accompaniment by bassist Scott Kellogg, lighting by Derek Jones, and costume design by Amy Burrell. The dance features 14 dancers working together with improvised scores and choreographed phrases. Fields of resonant sound, and confined illuminated spaces re-frame and re-route the dancers’ performance and the spectators’ senses.

Closing the concert will be “Runaway”, a theatrical, dynamic, and athletic piece choreographed by Larry Keigwin. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Keigwin + Company has presented performances throughout its home city of New York and nationwide at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and more.

The Saturday matinee will also feature a piece by Senior Jennifer Adams with an all-freshmen cast, which was also performed at the Senior showcase on December 8, 2013. Says Shea, “Moving Into Focus will be fresh and exciting, an event where we can encounter the sheer joy of the kinetic experience, the pleasure of bodies moving artfully through space.”

Tickets are available in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office (M-F, 10 am-5 pm), online at theatre.indiana.edu, or at the door at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center on the corner of 7th and Jordan beginning one hour before any performance.
For more information contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu.

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