Guest, faculty choreography makes up Danstage 2014

The dance piece, “Air,” the result of a week-long residency by New York-based Keigwin + Company, will be performed during Danstage 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

A presentation of original choreography by faculty and guests, the dance concert will be held in the Noel Fine Arts Center Jenkins Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 2-3; 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4; and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, May 7-9. The show features choreography by Larry Keigwin of Keigwin + Company, as well as new pieces by Department of Theatre and Dance faculty members Michael Estanich, Jeannie Hill and Joan Karlen.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for youth. Tickets may be purchased at University Information and Tickets in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or online at UW-Stevens Point students with a valid ID may purchase advance tickets for $4.50 per show or be admitted free the day of the show, if seats are still available. 

“Air” was created in 2008 as part of the dance suite “Elements,” which was commissioned by the Florida and Bates dance festivals. Staged by UW-Stevens Point students during a residency of Keigwin + Company dancer and rehearsal director Jaclyn Walsh, “Air” is set to the music “Up, Up and Away” by Tim Webb and “Channels and Winds” by composer Philip Glass. The residency was supported by the College of Fine Arts and Communication Great Artists, Great Speakers series. 

Hill’s new work, “…and then there’s acceptance,” explores perceptions of a changing world and the need for human connection. Using an eclectic mix of movement and musical ideas, Hill uses a blend of cultural influences to explore understanding. Scott Wirtz-Olsen, a technical director in the department, collaborated with Hill to create the single-point wrist loop flying sequences.

Estanich’s new theatrical dance piece ponders how and where love surges in our lives, from the intimacy of new relationships to the solitude of remembering past romance. “It’s About Love Again This Year” features 12 performers navigating the ebullient, universal terrain of emotion, memory, desire and joy. 

In “Interval,” Karlen’s new work, nine walls continually alter and redesign the landscape as 14 dancers explore ideas of connection, separation, and time passing through intricate partnering and percussive ensemble dancing. The work is inspired, in part, by the sculpture of Richard Serra and includes original music composed by John Strassburg. 

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