The USC Department of Theatre and Dance will present the fall Student Choreography Showcase, featuring original works by dance students, December 5-8 at Drayton Hall Theatre.
Showtime is 7pm nightly. Admission is $15 for students, $20 for USC faculty/staff, military, and seniors 60+, and $22 for the public. Tickets may be purchased online at sc.universitytickets.com or at the door. Drayton Hall Theatre is located at 1214 College St., across from the historic USC Horseshoe.
Presented bi-annually, the Student Choreography Showcase spotlights works that have been created during the semester in a class led by instructor Eduard Forehand. The collaborative nature of the course provides opportunities for constructive dialogue between Forehand, the choreographers and the performers as the works are being developed.
Six diverse works, with styles ranging from contemporary dance to tap to musical theatre, will be premiered in the concert. The varied selections include:
- Following by Beth Bryerton, a narrative work that explores the dangerous world of spiritual cults;
- Silizium by Caitie Sweeney, a suspenseful work loosely based on the novel Where the Crawdads Sing;
- Rhapsody by Jennifer Hanson, a joyful tribute to the uplifting spirit of classic Broadway musicals; and,
- Unembedded by Rosie Booker, which examines the damaging effects of disconnection and isolation.
Also premiering their innovative choreography during the showcase are Ana Sofia Kock and Marina Uliano. Evocative lighting designs for the concert will be created by theatre student Koby Hall and senior instructor Eric Morris.
“I have learned so much patience in the process of creation,” Booker says about her experience in developing her piece. “I so value the open minds of my performers as we grew into this piece together.”
“I have gained so much knowledge into the many ways one can generate and arrange movement,” says Bryerton. “I feel as if my choreography toolbox has exploded with new instruments and ideas, and I already can’t wait to share my next creation.”
“They’re really challenging themselves in a way that they haven’t yet been able to do,” says concert director Forehand.
“Come and immerse yourselves in these works and just go along for the ride.”
For more information on the Student Choreography Showcase or the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program at the University of South Carolina, contact Kevin Bush by phone at 803-777-9353 or via email at email@example.com.