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Continued: Cultural calendar

Lab Theatre Schedule -- All shows are performed in the Lab Theatre, the university’s “black box” theatre on Wheat Street, across from Blatt PE Center. Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, sold only at the door.

Sept. 10 - 13 --- “The Crane Wife,” an original work written, designed and directed by University of South Carolina graduate Kimi Maeda.
Oct. 22 - 25 --- “The Book of Liz,” by David and Amy Sedaris.
Nov. 19 – 22 --- TBA, directed by Amy Holtcamp.
Feb. 4 – 7 --- “Spinning Into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman. Directed by David Britt.
Feb. 25 - 28 --- Undergraduate Original Works. Undergraduate theater majors Steven Kopp and William Renken will present original works they have written and directed.
April 22 – 25 --- “John and Jen,” by Tom Greenwald (book and lyrics) and Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics). Directed by undergraduate theater student Zach Kennedy.

USC Dance Company

Under the artistic direction of Susan E. Anderson, alongside associate artistic director Stacey Calvert and distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, the university’s dance program has provided excellence in classic and contemporary dance performance for 33 years. In 2005, the university established a major in dance, and this year, the program celebrates the opening of new, state-of-the-art studios. Concert times and ticket prices for USC Dance Company are subject to change. Ticket prices for all shows except “Ballet Stars of NY” are as follows: $10 for students; $14 for university faculty/staff and military; and $16 for the public. Tickets for concerts held at the Koger Center for the Arts are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. Tickets for concerts at Drayton Hall are available by calling 803-777-2551. For details on dance concerts, call 803-777-0704, or visit the Web site:

Oct. 2 – 3 --- “On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The USC Dance Company in concert, performing for the first time the entire second act of the preeminent romantic ballet, “Giselle,” staged by distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, who performed the ballet as principal ballerina at the Boston Ballet. The concert also will feature, by popular demand, an original contemporary work from choreographer Alan Hineline, former artistic director of Ballet Philippines and University Dance instructor Tanya Wideman-Davis performing an original contemporary pointe piece.

Oct. 3 --- “Peter and the Wolf” presented by the Dance Conservatory. 3 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The perennial children’s favorite, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, performed by students of the Dance Conservatory under the direction of Marissa Freeman and USC Dance artistic director Susan Anderson.

Nov. 6 – 7 --- “American at Heart.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. Performed with the USC Symphony, featuring the George Balanchine classic, “Divertimento,” staged by Stacey Calvert and the delightful contemporary ballet work, “Great Galloping Gottschalk,” choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, which is set to the captivating compositions of 19th-century New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Also in performance will be former Boston Ballet Principal Ballerina and university dance instructor Kyra Strasberg, returning to the stage in an original tango-inspired work by contemporary dance instructor Thaddeus Davis, set to the music of André Previn. Sponsored by the university’s Arts Institute.

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