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USC Dance Company to present ‘Innovative Works’

The USC Dance Company will present “Innovative Works,” an evening of original ballet compositions, Feb. 11 – 13 at Drayton Hall theatre.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for the public, $14 for military and USC faculty and staff and $10 for students and are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office. Or, charge by phone at 803-251-2222.

Guest choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall will premiere her theatrical dance work, “Cinderella at the Bar,” which she developed with the USC Dance Company.

“This piece began with my interest in the relationship of beauty and identity and how they are influenced and appropriated by popular culture,” said Rowlson-Hall. “Because of the limited time frame for creation, the development of the work was greatly influenced by the dancers and their responses to these ideas. Writing assignments and improvisational exercises allowed me to see the students’ relationship to culture and identity, most significantly when one student wrote, ‘When I was little, I thought I’d grow up to be Barbie.’ The juxtaposition of that sense of naïve optimism against a deconstruction of cultural archetypes creates a tension for the audience to rethink perceptions about the value of beauty.”

Rowlson-Hall is a 2006 graduate from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in modern dance. She lives in New York and has presented her work at Lincoln Center Clark Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, Ailey Citi-Group Theater, Dixon Place and many others.

Two original works by USC faculty will be performed as well. Thaddeus Davis will premiere a brand new work, “Between You, Me and the Lamppost,” set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. And the company will perform “Piano Concerto No. 2,” a playful contemporary ballet piece by artistic director Susan Anderson, set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. “Piano Concerto No. 2” is a remake of a work Anderson choreographed for the University of Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company in 2000.

The company will also reprise a work by Alan Hineline, “Thresholds v. 2.2,” last performed at the “On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary” concert in October 2009.

For more information on “Innovative Works,” contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353.

‘Innovative Works’

  • What: Evening of original ballet compositions
  • When: Feb. 11 – 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Drayton Hall theatre

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Posted: 02/09/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/09/10 @ 4:15 PM | Permalink