A showcase for contemporary dance, Fall Dance will feature the premieres of all-new choreographic works for students in the contemporary program, created by a faculty-artist and two guest artists, including an alumnus.
“The Bloom of Youth” by Associate Dean Brenda Daniels will celebrate the beauty, freshness and vivacity of youth. Set to W.A. Mozart’s Piano Sonata in F major, K. 280, the three-part musical structure will delineate the sections of the dance: “Hothouse,” “Buds,” and “In Full Flower.” A student from the School of Music will perform the sonata live onstage.
Award-winning, Chicago-based choreographer Mariana Oliveira will bring her distinctive voice to set “Dreamland,” a comedy-drama influenced by the surrealism movement that portrays the journey of a character blooming and discovering the beauty and the adversities of life. The work is set to songs from the 1930s and ’40s by Xavier Cugat, Rudy Vallée, Charlie Chaplin and Tommy Dorsey.
Alumnus Anthony Lee Bryant (H.S. Dance ’03), a cast member of the national tour of “Wicked” since last August, will return to set a new piece on students influenced by the concept of entropy: the degradation of matter and energy in the universe.
Program to include:
- Associate Dean Brenda Daniels “The Bloom of Youth”
- Mariana Oliveira “Dreamland”
- Anthony Lee Bryant Premiere of new work