School of Dance will present its annual Winter Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
The concert will showcase different faculty, student and guest choreographers in their unique and creative outlet of dance performance.
Associate Professor Travis Gatling?s piece was inspired by high fashion and the glamorization of the Apocalypse in the media. He took note of attractive high profile celebrities in end-of-the-world action movies, such as "Avatar," "I am Legend," and the "Book of Eli." He also drew from the paradox of high fashion designers being inspired by Armageddon, but using supermodels in the gorgeous photo spreads in magazines like "Vogue" and "W".
"I found it fascinating that the idea of world destruction has become more exotic than fearful and decided to use that to create this work," Gatling said.
Students tried out for the pieces at the end of Fall Quarter and started rehearsing the first week of Winter Quarter. They will work on the productions until the opening night performance. Gatling is looking forward to the concert and to showing off all the hard work he and his students have put into their piece.
"There is a sense of accomplishment when a work is finished and the dancers perform it in front of a live audience," Gatling said.
The Winter Dance concert will highlight one of the greatest strengths of the School of Dance program, the diversity of the curriculum the students are exposed to.
"I hope that the audience leaves with a kinesthetic experience by simply enjoying the movement for what it is," Gatling said. "Also I hope they are provoked to think about the works in some way that will generate discussion with other audience members. If anything else, I hope that they at least gain a new appreciation for dance as a viable art form."
Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $9.00 for children under 18, and free for OHIO students with a valid OHIO ID.