Purdue Contemporary Dance Company to perform Winter Works Concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will present its Winter Works 2009 Concert on Dec. 11 and 12.

Michal Nevitt, a 2008 Purdue alumna and former member of the Purdue Repertory Dance Company, performs during the 2008 Spring Works Concert. (Photo contributed)

Michal Nevitt, a 2008 Purdue alumna and former member of the Purdue Repertory Dance Company, performs during the 2008 Spring Works Concert. (Photo contributed)

The dance company, which is the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts resident modern dance company, will perform eight new dances created by faculty and student choreographers. The concert is at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and a matinee is 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets can be purchased in the Loeb box office in Stewart Center, or box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Pao Hall. Tickets also can be reserved by calling 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW, or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Winter Works performances include:

  • “Sonatina,” choreographed by faculty member Carol Cunningham-Sigman, evokes images of being transported into the past where society is infatuated with formal behaviors.
  • “SPECIMENS,” choreographed by faculty member Rebecca Bryant, employs movement, text and music to create a world of dueling identities inspired by World War II images of Rosie the Riveter and the Vargas Girls.
  • “No Walls,” choreographed by faculty member Sally Wallace, is based on her experience visiting Chaco Canyon, a national park in the Southwest, protecting the ancient ruins of the Anasasi culture.
  • “Tartan Medley,” choreographed by faculty member Holly Jaycox, explores breaking conventions of modern dance choreography.
  • “What Next?” choreographed by faculty member Mary Beth Van Dyke, presents aspects of the relationship between those who demonstrate a sense of empowerment and those who feel powerless or marginalized.
  • “Flurry,” choreographed by Amy Cadwallader, a senior studying mathematics education from Selma, Ind., is inspired by objects moving in the wind.
  • “Arterial,” choreographed by Amanda Dechow, a senior studying aviation who is from Gainesville, Fla., explores the rise and fall of an adrenaline rush.
  • “About Face,” choreographed by Janelle Dixon, a junior in Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Economics from Ladoga, Ind., was inspired by the masks we all wear in front of others, and how they influence our behavior.

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