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Spring Dance Concert blooms with talent

The Ohio University School of Dance presents its annual Spring Concert, May 20, 21 at 8 p.m. in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, Putnam Hall. Tickets are $8; free for OHIO students with a valid student ID through Arts for Ohio.

The Ohio University School of Dance is pleased to present its annual Spring Concert of faculty, guest and student works. This year’s program includes works by faculty member Travis Gatling, guest artist Julie Fox, and a video by staff member John Bohuslawsky, performed by faculty member Mickie Geller and guest artist Sybil Huskey. Student work, selected by adjudication, will also be presented during the concert.

Using a movement vernacular that spans the 1960s, Gatling’s large cast work was inspired by the Mod (short for Modern) scene that was associated with the popular fashion, music, social dances and nightclubs of that period. The Mod trend originated in Europe in the late 1950s and gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Fox has created "In Passing," her third "Red Carpet Dance," with the dance students at OHIO. Beginning with a poem and a thirty-foot long red carpet that slightly shifts with each new dance, "Red Carpet Dances" are individual movement moments and seeds of a full-length work that explore a portal, a pathway to communication and touch. With an original musical composition by Terrence Karn and live percussion by the performers, this latest work investigates finding your individual place in the rushing currents of time and intimate encounters.

Fox will also present a structured improvisation performed by School of Dance students.
Geller and Huskey commissioned the movement material for Bohuslawsky’s video, "Busy Signals," from former Merce Cunningham Company member, Sandra Neels.  The video bears the classic, streamlined imprint of Cunningham’s style and the inventiveness of Bohuslawky’s editing. Geller and Huskey (University of North Carolina-Charlotte faculty) have known each other since their days as dancers in New York City in the 1970s and have recently been choreographing and performing together again.

Students Michael O’Neill, Steven Evans and Earlyn Whitehead will present their work in the concert, as well. O’Neill speaks the poem "Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars" by Buddy Wakefield as he dances. O’Neill and Whitehead appear in a video of their choreography by student, Michael Mytnick. In the dance, they stick together and peel apart in velcroed costumes. Evans dances with a piercing gaze and triumphant gestures to a section of "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky.