Join us for an exciting, thought-provoking evening of dance artistry! The University Dance Theatre Fall Concert presents original choreography in a variety of dance styles, such as modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary ballet, performed by Old Dominion University students. The dances are choreographed by Old Dominion University dance faculty, guest artists and select students.
The mission of NYC-based Summation Dance is to find the beauty in struggle and the humor in the mundane. They create dance that moves the flesh; it bubbles from underneath, knots in the back, and rips away the layers leaving us raw and exposed. They strive to bridge the gap between the choreographer and the audience, so their art is no longer esoteric or understood only by the dance elite, but can be universally appreciated. The group piece presented will be the product of Sumi Clements’ 7-day residency at ODU.
Dance Professor Marilyn Marloff will present My Little Apache, a humorous twist on a very old dance craze. Apache dances originated in Paris, and intentionally tricked viewers into believing they were inadvertently witnessing either a lover’s spat, lovemaking, or both…and remaining uncertain.
Centering on the raw reality of Martin Luther King’s quote, “I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard,” Professor James Morrow presents an energetic and emotional contemporary/hip hop piece, NONFICTION.
Augury, a solo piece set on a different dancer each night, is the offering from Professor Megan Thompson. Augury is the ancient Roman practice of using the flight of birds as an omen. What is nature trying to tell us? Human intelligence need not be separate from animal intelligence – we can interconnect and hear what nature is telling us. Heed the warning signs: there are canaries in our coal mines when we cage children as we cage birds…
Iníon /in-een/ is a continuation of the research visiting Assistant Professor Katie Iacono Thompson did in her group work Laoch. In this fall’s piece she creates a pair of duets further investigating the deep and often overwhelming relationship between mother and child.
Professor Victoria Fink’s work, Slipping Back Into, is a group modern/contemporary dance piece exploring the cyclical nature of the mind’s conscious and unconscious patterns. The choreography plays between memories and the moment, the space, in which we make our decisions based on our past experiences. Gestures and small movements are often repeated as a known vocabulary between the dancers that continue to be altered by magnifying specific moments with stillness and movement variations.
The Fall 2018 Concert will be in ODU’s University Theatre, 4608 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk. Shows are at 7:30 pm on Nov 14th, 15thand 16th, and at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Nov 17th.
Tickets are available at www.ODUArtsTix.com, or by calling the Box Office at (757) 683-5305. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, and one hour before each show. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for general admission.
Free parking is available in Garage D, 1065 W 46th St.