The School of Theatre and Dance presents the Spring Dance Concert capturing the themes of isolation, racism and change. It’s a comprised of different dance styles and compelling storytelling through movement. It will open on Thursday, April 27, at the Huntley Middle School Auditorium.
Judy Chitwood has created a piece where you will see dancers travel the life of famous poet Emily Dickenson and how she came to isolate herself in her bedroom; inspired by her poem “How Slow the Wind.” This piece has also pulled music from Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu who utilized the same poem for his compositions.
Paula Frasz has taken current political issues and brought them into the spotlight on stage. In her piece titled “ENUF,” you will see the oppression African-Americans have faced throughout different eras. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Paula has crafted a powerful story where audiences might notice famous historical moments such as slave auctions, Rosa Parks on the bus and Dylan Ruff in the church. Teaming up with DJ Eddie Fisher, they have comprised a score consisting of music and dialogue to further emphasize these issues. The piece will end with triumphant energy to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
Rich Grund has choreographed a piece combining vastly contrasting elements such as ballet and rock n roll in “A Web of Love.” Audiences will observe the ballet pointe work set to fast-paced rock numbers. Using the music of The Naughty Ones our dancers will combine this fast-paced score with classical elements without missing a beat. Prepare to see this high energy piece intertwined with intricate ballet training.
Performances are held at Huntley Middle School’s main auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. Show times will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for students. Ticket reservations or additional information is available by contacting the NIU School of Theatre and Dance box office at 815-753-1600, or online at the School of Theatre and Dance website.