Dance Showcase Offers Thematic Variety

Posted on 10/14/2013 11:27:01 AM

The IUP Dance Theater will present its Fall Showcase with performances on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. They will also perform at a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 27. The showcase will be presented in the Zink Hall Dance Theater, located on Maple Street of the IUP campus.

Under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton, the showcase features a variety of works, including dramatic and light-hearted pieces. Seatbelts Save Lives is an entertaining exploration of catching and releasing human motion and guiding its momentum.

Strange World retells an old Noh (Japanese theater tradition) story from the 1400s with a contemporary backdrop, while still incorporating traditional elements. Setting the scene is an original score by David Surtasky.  

An original contemporary ballet choreographed by Joan Van Dyke is performed to the music of Variation Sue le Carnaval de Venise. This work addresses the themes and motifs of a Venetian Carnaval, including masked mystique and spectacle, as the dancers move through the moonlit streets of Venice with their gondoliers.  

Seasoned choreographer Anna Ponak-Shively choreographed Blue Jeans, Baby!, a jazz piece about the feelings of confidence experienced when wearing a favorite pair of jeans.  

Enough!, an original composition by Jack Stamp of the IUP Music Department, incorporates bassoonist Jason Worzbyt with the movement of the dancers. Howdy Neighbor, Howdy is a festive and high-energy piece is an original Appalachian clogging work set by guest choreographer April Cush.  

The company, with the assistance and advice of Jessica Miller from the IUP Counseling Center, developed a work concerning themes of relationship dynamics entitled First Touch, Last Touch

Dance ShowcaseSeveral of these dances explore varying attitudes and perspectives within different types of relationships ranging from romantic to religious. Individual dance themes within the concert may be considered inappropriate for younger audiences.

Tickets for the performances are available through the Hadley Union Building Box Office on the IUP campus and online through IUP Tickets. They can also be purchased by calling the HUB Box Office at (724) 257-1313.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes prior to the performance. Ticket prices are $14 regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups, and $12 for I-Card holders and children.

More information on this and other events within the Lively Arts is available by e-mailing or by calling (724) 357-2787.

IUP Dance Theater is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. It is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance of the College of Fine Arts.

Photograph by Ahmad Abusaad.


Dance Theater

Dance Theater Fall Showcase

Dance Theater Fall Showcase

October 25, 2013
October 26, 2013
7:00 p.m.

October 27, 2013
2:00 p.m.

Zink Hall Dance Theater

The IUP Dance Theater will perform a variety of new works in this Showcase, which includes talent from the IUP Music Department.

This event is over.

For more information, visit Dance Showcase, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.