Apr 4, 2013
From staff reports
The Ohio University School of Dance will be presenting four group and three solo dances created by the School of Dance Seniors as part of their senior capstone projects. They will be shown at the Shirley Wimmer Theater in Putnam Hall, located on East Green of the Ohio University Campus on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
In her piece, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, Mariah Berardelli explores the way people hold their emotions in until they reach a breaking point. The music, a piece by Braden Pantoli called “Unspoken,” helps capture the intensity of the emotions one might feel when one reaches that point.
In Petrichor, Steven P. Evans uses the music of composer Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst to allude to a storm and has the dancers create the illusion of wind, heavy rain, boisterous thunder, and the crackle of bright lightning. The storm symbolizes the innate fear that humanity has of its tremendous energy that causes disorder. But, at the calm of the storm we can see that out of pandemonium comes new life and rejuvenation. Petrichor, meaning the scent of rain on dry earth, is our first sign that without the storm, life could not survive and flourish.
Inspiration came in the form of music. Feeling Sound is a reflection of choreographer Alicia Hann’s favorite genre of music, rock and roll, and how it can make a listener feel.Hann explores layering symbolic rock n’ roll hand gestures with larger full-bodied movement. Movement, derived from watching musicians play their instruments is abstracted in the dance. Hann creates an atmosphere where the music can bring contentment to the dancers and audience alike. The music, (Tarantism), was created for the piece by Laser Dog, a band based out of Columbus, Ohio.
Set to an eerie sound score by Luis Flores, Kelsey Lynn Maiolo's septet Without .25 translates mental struggles into accelerated, frantic movements.
Kimberly Murry draws inspiration from the documentary Whore’s Glory in her solo, Dive into my Darkness, Hanging from my Soul. Murry questions the connection between the physical and the mental and how the two states can be separated as a coping mechanism for women who exchange their bodies for monetary compensation.
Dressed in a reflective costume of streaming metallic ribbon, Michael O’Neill dances himself in and out of entanglements with the abundant, shiny strips, in his solo, Lushhh. As the fringy ribbon tosses, flies, and floats along with all of O’Neill’s movements, it creates a range of sound: from waves washing up on the shore to a pompom shaking vigorously in the wind.
Earlyn Whitehead’s piece, Collective Dimensions, fills the stage with nine dancers investing themselves in an explorative journey of expansive and condensing space they encompass both individually and as a whole. Through an articulate and quirky combination of gestural and full body movements, the nine performers move to the eccentric, dynamic and groovy sound of Static Island’s “Funky Junky”.
Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. General Admission is $6 and is free for Ohio University students with a valid I.D. The Box Office can be reached at (740) 593-1780.