Students and faculty of the MTSU Dance Theatre will use movement and music to share stories of social justice, spirituality, survival and the significance of the pandemic at the Fall Dance Concert, set Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 18-20.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20 in Tucker Theatre, located inside the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building at 615 Champion Way. A campus map is available at http://bit.ly/MTSUParking.
Tickets for the 2021 Fall Dance Concert are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students and seniors and are available at https://mtsu.edu/theatreanddance. MTSU students will be admitted free at the box office with a current ID.
The theatre is fully accessible for people with disabilities, including those with hearing, vision and mobility impairments.
The evenings’ performances by MTSU’s pre-professional company include faculty and student choreography plus a new collaboration with North Carolina-based guest choreographer Joy Davis.
MTSU Dance Theatre members worked with Davis this semester with help from the university’s Distinguished Lecture Fund.
Their goal was to create a new work focusing on the possibility of an unseen force pulling people together through circumstance, said professor and MTSU Dance Program director Meg Brooker.
“This force can be perceived differently among people,” said Brooker, who also is the Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureate Program’s 2021-22 dance laureate.
“For some it may be considered a higher power, or supernatural; for others it is simply chance.”
Davis, a master teacher of the Countertechnique movement system that helps dancers think about their bodies, is an associate professor of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She founded “joyproject” in 2006, where she creates collaborative dance theater to evoke humor, contemplation and elegant design.
The 2021 Fall Dance Concert also will showcase assistant professor Jade Treadwell’s “Visceral Undercurrent,” an independent project she choreographed this summer for Nashville’s Frist Art Museum.
The work, inspired by the Frist’s exhibit “Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick,” incorporates both rhythmic tap and contemporary modern dance to reflect Walker’s images of the legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism and other power structures.
First performed in July with the help of four MTSU dance students, the work “explored the various layers of turbulence … in Walker’s etching, ‘An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters: no world,’” Treadwell said.
Her choreography also used “the visual landscape” of Nashville poet Ciona Rouse’s “The Slave Ship Gets Nowhere without The Sea to Carry It,” inspired by Walker’s exhibit notes.
Two casts of MTSU Dance Theatre ensembles will perform “Visceral Undercurrent” at the Fall Dance Concert. Rouse is scheduled to join the MTSU performance on Friday, Nov. 19.
• Brooker’s “(Dis)Location, (Dis)Ruption, (Dis)Placement,” a structured improvisational score in response to the pandemic, the environmental crisis and fight for social justice.
• MTSU alumnus and dance lecturer Aaron Allen’s “Flee,” which investigates pain, resilience and fear by juxtaposing African Diasporic forms and contemporary movement.
• Student choreographer Avery Biddle’s “Bridged Chasm,” which illustrates the journey of her testimony and its ongoing development.
MTSU offers the only full Bachelor of Science degree in dance at any public university in Tennessee, guiding students in dance technique, history and theory alongside kinesiology, anatomy and healthy training for the body.
One course of dance study focuses on performance and choreography, while the other track concentrates on teaching and practice.
For more information about MTSU’s dance program or the MTSU Dance Theatre, which are part of the Department of Theatre and Dance in the university’s College of Liberal Arts, call 615-904-8051, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mtsu.edu/dance.
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