Cleveland State University’s Dance Program will present the CSU Spring Dance Concert featuring the CSU Modern Dance Company on Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be at Cleveland State’s Drinko Hall, located in the Music and Communication Building at 2001Euclid Avenue.
This one evening only performance features choreography by CSU faculty, guest artists and dance company members. Guest choreographers include Habib Iddrisu and Tammy Metz Starr, both staging traditional choreography from Senegal and Korea.
Performed by a talented CSU dance ensemble including undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni, with several works accompanied live, this eclectic program includes the following:
Original cast members and CSU Dance Company alum present Wait Race, a quintet choreographed by Marissa Glorioso. This energetic dance explores how people connect or not with strangers in transit, in close quarters, and the common experiences they might share, like the unexpected life punch in the gut that knocks them off their feet.
Also choreographed and performed by Marissa Glorioso, Apologia, is a personal exploration of holding on and letting go. Set to excerpts from Bach's Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, Glorioso delves into a woman's journey from self conscious self restraint to a quiet determination to move forward.
Two world dances featuring live percussion will be performed by the CSU Dance Company: Sogo Ch'um is a Korean folk dance from the Farmer's music and dance tradition, one of the oldest music/dance traditions of Korea. This dance originally coincided with agricultural celebrations of harvesting and planting and features the small, hand-held "sogo" drum. This version was choreographed by Halla Pai Huhm and is preserved by Mary Jo Freshley of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kumpo is a quite popular, celebratory dance from Cassamance in southern Senegal traditionally performed to welcome young initiates returning to their village. Set on the CSU Modern Dance Company by master drummer/dancer Habib Iddrisu, the piece is taken from its original context, and brought to the performance stage to highlight the energy and vigor of the movement.
Counterpoise, is an ensemble piece in three sections featuring baroque music visualization through airy, successional movement, quirky balances, stops and starts, and a moving landscape of entrances and exits, choreographed by Lynn Deering for CSU Dance Company and alumni. Deering also collaborates with banjo player Jim Eisenberg in Swim at Your Own Risk, a brief metaphoric venture on the perils of heading into the deep end.
Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $5.00 for General Seating and are available only at the door. For further information, e-mail email@example.com.
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