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'Freshworks' Brings New Choreographic Research Onstage

Students in the Dance Theatre Group present Freshworks.

Photo by Pierce Bounds '71.

Semesterlong project draws on multifaceted interests, styles

by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

Throughout the spring semester, students in Dickinson's dance program research and create choreography that speaks to their passions and interests as well as what they are learning in class, across a variety of disciplines. Then they gather up fellow student dancers in the Dance Theatre Group (DTG) who can present their fresh-off-the-presses work onstage. That 7 p.m. performance, appropriately titled “Freshworks,” begins on Friday, April 27, and continues Saturday, April 28, with a matinee on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. All showings will be held in Mathers Theatre, Holland Union Building, 28 N. College St. The performances are open to the public.

The dance concert includes capstone projects by graduating seniors Tran Tran, Madeleine Vouros, Micki Williams and Erin Wynne, as well as works arising from Director of Dance Sarah Skaggs’ Applied Choreography class.

“Each piece delves deeply into a unique movement style,” writes Wynne in the concert program, noting that the concert spans a variety of styles—ranging from tap to Latin fusion to modern—and that the student choreographers tackled hard subjects, such as the #MeToo movement, in their of-the-moment work. “The stage will be populated with cubes, an inclined plane, tap boards, a single light bulb, projections, dancers in suits and even more.”

Tickets are $7, or $5 with student ID, and can be purchased online or by calling the Mathers Theatre Box Office at 717-245-1327. View a gallery of photos on Facebook.

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Published April 26, 2018