Think, Scrap, Change, Repeat
Spring dance concert reveals processes behind the performance
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
DTG Spring Dance Concert
Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.
Holland Union Building
Tickets: $7 or $5 for advance purchase with student ID
Box Office: 717-245-1327
Student choreographers team with the Dance Theatre Group (DTG) to present an evening of new choreographic research. Presented by Sarah Skaggs, director of dance.
is a serious process,” writes Layla
Meyer ’13, president of the Dance Theatre Group (DTG). But it's a task that the audience typically never truly sees—that months-long ritual of
research and experimentation, and those light-bulb-flash moments when key ideas arrive.
spring concert, Freshworks, breaks that convention, granting audiences a
behind-the-scenes glimpse of the machinations that propel the machine.
Presented by Sarah Skaggs, director of dance, the concert features 12
works by student choreographers in DTG and in Skaggs' applied choreography class, and includes senior projects by Meyer and Lauren Brennen '13; a piece by students in a Text and Movement class taught by Karen Kirkham, associate professor of theatre; and several works by 2013 Weiss Prize-winner Emily Hughes '13.
Together, the student choreographers and dancers tackle universal issues such as gender, love, power, control, communication and
aesthetics through works that rest on different points of the
spectrum between “blossoming” and “final.” That, Meyer says, is what makes it
Likening the typical finished production as a "neat little box" of packaged ideas, she writes: “This DTG show is unique, as it breaks the box. ... It shows the rawness and vulnerability."