Canuso Dance Company to Present “Wandering Alice”

Posted on 4/1/2010 12:09:35 PM
Wandering Alice

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Nichole Canuso Dance Company in Wandering Alice, a unique dance and movement work. The piece, limited to fifty audience members per performance, will be held in and around Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. Performances are set for Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 15, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and Friday, April 16, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

The touring dance company will be joined by members of the IUP Dance Theater, taking the audience on a guided journey that wanders through the performance spaces. The work travels through slippery identity into a sea of unruly memories, creating a surreal and ever-changing voyage for the senses.

Wandering AliceInitially inspired by the writings of Lewis Carroll and Haruki Murakami, Wandering Alice will transform the Performing Arts Center into a dreamlike landscape where audiences are free to watch, wander, get lost, and be found. The audience will follow along as creator and choreographer Nichole Canuso becomes Alice, a curious wanderer who moves from one adventure to another in this distinctive dance experience.

Carolyn Huckabay of The Philadelphia City Paper described the work as “magical…winsome, wonderful…unexpected, exquisite, at times otherworldly. That we get to experience it, too, was like being let in on a secret and promising to keep it to yourself.”

She continued by explaining, “you just can’t get that feeling sitting in a theater, removed from the fantasy. I left the show feeling a little lighter.”

Wandering AliceWandering Alice premiered during the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September 2008. The Indiana performances marks the second time the full work will be performed. The piece features an original score by three-time Barrymore Award-winning composer James Sugg and musician/composer Michael Kiley.

Tickets for Wandering Alice, a Performance Plus series event, are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus, on line at IUP Tickets, or by calling the HUB Ticket Office at (724) 357-1313.

Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the start of each performance. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for students and children, and $14 for seniors (62 and older) and for groups of fifteen or more. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, e-mail, or visit The Lively Arts.

This production is not recommended for younger children.

Wandering AlicePerformance Plus is presented by the Lively Arts and the College of Fine Arts with support from the IUP Student Cooperative Association, the Office of International Education, the Liberal Studies program, and the Career Development Center.

Additional support haas been provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Partners in the Arts program managed by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. This project is additionally funded by a generous New Directions grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.