Fall dance concert celebrates composer John Cage
Date of Event: November 7, 2012
Posted: October 29, 2012
GRANVILLE, Ohio—The Denison University Department of Dance will present a concert, “Epic/Ordinary,” over four nights, from Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Doane Dance Building (231 West College Street). The performance, comprised of three dances, is free and open to the public and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 740-587-5718 or e-mail email@example.com.
The first piece is a celebration of the centennial birthday of American experimental composer John Cage. Erin Law, visiting professor in the Department of Dance, and guest artist Marsha Barsky, in collaboration with Denison University dance students, created “Fads and Fancies in the Academy,” a tribute to Cage’s early work of the same name. First composed in 1940, the work explored conventional views of academia. Barsky and Law’s choreography also presents a humorous and satirical view of life in the halls of an academic institution. The music for the piece will be led by John Osburn, resident musician; Nathaniel Hartman, visiting professor of music; and Denison music students Shunxin Xiao and Krishonya Rogers with understudy Joyce Lindsey.
The second dance, “Songs of the Disenchanted,” by Stafford C. Berry Jr. explores ways of seeing. Whether through anger or frustration, the dance refers to raw, sometimes graphic emotional states as valuable insight into “seeing” and “being seen.”
The final dance, “Conquest,” choreographed by visiting artist Jesse Zaritt, explores the slippages and connections between victory and defeat. The work asks the questions, when we win, what do we lose? And when we lose, what do we win? The intensely physical and theatrical movement was developed through a collaborative creative process, with the dancers contributing unique material generated through instructions given by Zaritt. These solos were then reworked and crafted into a theatrical spectacle, accompanied by an original musical composition performed by Osburn.
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University, Granville—Dance Concert, “Epic/Ordinary” at 8 p.m. from Wednesday Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Doane Dance Performance Space (231 West College Street). Free and open to the public. Reservations required: 740-587-5718 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Susan Kosling at 740-587-6712 or visit www.denison.edu.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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