Department of Dance Presents ‘Elements of Timeless Strength’

The Brenau University Department of Dance performs the dance concert “Elements of Timeless Strength” April 10-13 in Hosch Theatre at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts located on the university’s Gainesville campus. Performances are April 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Available at the door, tickets are $6 general admission; $4 children, seniors and students. Admission is free for Brenau students, faculty and staff with identification.

The concert features works by Brenau dance faculty, guest artists, alumnae and five senior thesis students. Styles of dance will include modern, African, the ‘80s jazz, a little tap and contemporary ballet with an appearance by the Gainesville Ballet Company.

Featured on this year’s program are two ageless pieces by historical figures in the field of modern dance. “Negro Spirituals, choreographed by modern dance pioneer, Helen Tamiris, was created over a span of 13 years during 1928-1941. Staged from a Labanotation score, the piece will be danced to live vocal music sung by students of Brenau University’s Department of Music, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Steinhaus.

Emily Lemons, a dance studies sophomore at Brenau University, performs a piece of Merce Cunningham coreography surrounded by work from artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns in the Castelli Gallery at Brenau University.

Emily Lemons, a dance studies sophomore at Brenau University, performs a piece of Merce Cunningham coreography surrounded by work from artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns in the Castelli Gallery at Brenau University.

The “minEvent” is a compilation of choreography by post-modern dancer Merce Cunningham. Set on Brenau dancers by former Cunningham dancer Carol Teitelbaum, the minEvent is accompanied by a collection of John Cage musical compositions sung by senior music major Arielle Crumley.

Two Brenau University alumnae return as guest artists. Madia Cooper, class of ’04, now assistant professor of dance at Middle Tennessee State University, staged “AKOMA NTOSO,” a fast-paced African piece requiring high energy, strength and spirited community. Pytron Parker, class of ’13, choreographed a contemporary hip-hop dance.

The senior thesis dance majors exhibiting their works on these concert programs are Amanda Bonilla of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Kelsey Coates of Royston, Ga.; Megan McNeal of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; Katara Phelps of Tampa, Fla.; and Brianna Wiggins of Savannah, Ga.

The concert has separate A and B programs which feature different senior thesis works. For more information call 770.538.4757 or visit http://www.brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/dance-department/current-and-upcoming-events/.

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