West Chester University Fall Dance Concert

West Chester University

Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
High & Rosedale Streets
West Chester, PA 19383

West Chester University Dance Company, in cooperation with The College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Theatre and Dance, is proud to present Moving Reflections, the annual fall dance concert. Works by faculty concert director Liz Staruch, professional guest artists Megan Bridge, Bethany Formica and Kimberly D. Landle, and six WCU student pieces will be showcased.

A Thing is Determined by its Nature is a new dance for camera work by associate professor Staruch in collaboration with designer Mark O’Maley. The work intends to explore the connections between the philosophies of the Bauhaus artistic movement and performance. The Bauhaus, called “one of the most daring experiments in arts education”, originated in Germany in the early 20th Century. A work-in-progress of the new film will be presented during the concert, with the final version slated for completion by 2019, the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus.

Dark, hypnotic, and uncanny, The Sharpening, choreographed by Megan Bridge, brings four abstract principles into the forefront as choreographic material: space, pulse, pattern, and presence. Conceptually, The Sharpening explores themes of alienation, the post-human, and the technologized body. The title refers to the concept “the sharpening of affect,” or the idea that as the social fabric of our society is being pulled more and more taut, the affective or emotional tone (or tune) of our lives and relationships becomes sharper and sharper. Megan Bridge teaches in the dance department at Temple University and writes and edits for thINKingDANCE.net. She is the co-director of , a platform for her collaborative work, which has toured to New York, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Dresden, Johannesburg, and Poznań, Poland. 

UNDERCURRENT, choreographed by Bethany Formica, plays with the definitions of undercurrent: an underlying feeling or influence that is not expressed openly and a current of water below the surface, moving in a different direction from any surface current. She used images of water, riptides, reflections, and whirlpools in order to create the choreography with the students. Bethany Formica is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theater and the owner of Sawdust Siren. Her work has been presented in New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Bulgaria, Poland, England, and Italy.

Kimberly Landle’s work, Orchestrated Society, is based on the idea of trying to be kept in a specific mold, as women. We fight to stay within these boundaries that are set up for us, realizing that said boundaries are just meant hold us back. The work encourages those to find their own voice and break free of the imposed boundary. Currently Landle is a teacher at three studios and guest choreographs along the East Coast from Maine to Virginia.  Throughout her career, both preprofessional and professional, Landle has been granted awards and acknowledgement for her choreography from The University of the Arts, the Painted Bride, and various donors to keep her work alive.

Choreographed works selected through audition by WCU students AJ Alvarez, Elise Alvarez, Ashley Hillis, Jenica Narducci, Mary Weese, and CJ Whitmire will also be presented in this concert.

Saturday, 18 November, 2017

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