Dance and Percussion Present “A New Genesis”

Posted on 4/3/2017 8:47:00 AM

A New GenesisDance Theaterat IUP combines forces with the IUP Percussion Ensemble to present a one-night-only performance of A New Genesis . This original production will be presented Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The work brings to life an exciting new adaptation of Nolan and Johnson’s award-wining science fiction story, Logan’s Run.

The story centers around a Utopian civilization where, upon your 30th birthday, you participate in the ceremony of “Renew.” It is the belief of that future society that this ceremony sends you into a new existence. But in actuality, it is a a mechanism for exterminating anyone who is over 30 years of age.

Those who do not participate in Renew are tracked down and vaporized by Sandmen. Our lead character, Jessica, begins to question her belief in Renew as she draws closer to her 30th year. She seeks the help of Logan, who, although he is a Sandman, also has feelings for her. Together, they decide to find a way to the rumored Sanctuary. It is through their journey to escape that Jessica and Logan find the real world outside the Utopian dome and discover a different world.

The work is choreographed by Holly Boda-Sutton. Micheal Kingan directs Phil Collins’ Genesis-inspired score, arranged by IUP percussion alumni Chris Leidhecker and John Mullen with current students Carol Ann McCloy and Brandon Peters.

This science fiction adventure is recreated through the lighting design of David Surtasky, scenic design of Corey Lunchuck, special properties design of James Bicknell, and costume design of Nancy Pipkin-Hutchison.  

Tickets for A New Genesis are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets are also available online through 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, online or the Lively Arts online ticketing site. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before each performance.

Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 with a university I-card. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card through Friday by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us at lively-arts@iup.edu. A New Genesis is produced by the Department of Music, the Department of Theater and Dance, and the College of Fine Arts.  It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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