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Choreography concert allows dancers to express themselves

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The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to kick off February by helping dancers celebrate their creative capacities.

At 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9, the Illinois State Dance Association will host Dance Inventions: Student Choreography Concert in Centennial East 116. The 90-minute show includes 11 pieces of undergraduates’ choreography in contemporary, modern and performance art styles.

Admission to the show is free, and donations to Illinois State Dance Association (ISDA) will be accepted. ISDA will use donations to help fund guest artists and teachers in addition to funding students’ spring trip to the American College Dance Festival.

Dance students have been developing choreography and attending rehearsals for the show since the beginning of fall semester. Each piece portrays a concept meaningful to choreographers.

“My work, ‘B.Me,’ is dedicated to my personal growth. It stems from the interactions and connections I have made with other people,” junior Alison Gratz said.

Other dancers, like senior Maura Naughton, found inspiration in more abstract concepts.

“I was very inspired after spending a summer at the American Dance Festival. I used a lot of movement that came to me improvisationally and added in ‘scenarios’ incorporating the use of fruit,” Naughton said.

“The bare structure of the piece came first before the fruit, but it was an idea from the beginning. The sound was created by Becca Neblock toward the end of the making. Time was a struggle because of studio space. The piece evolved until basically opening night of the show.”

Dancers are looking forward to expressing their original creations to an open-minded audience. They welcome family members, friends, faculty and ISU students that are looking for entertainment and fellow artists to come celebrate their diverse work.

“Art has a profound way of saying something without the definitiveness of words. We have all worked hard and gone through the process of creating to present our ideas to the public, and the audience’s participation is the best kind of acknowledgement,” Gratz said.

Additionally, dancers hope that audience members develop new perspectives throughout the show.

“I think art’s intention is to make you feel something. I hope everyone leaves with their own interpretation, thoughts and emotional reaction to each work and they are satisfied with what they saw,” Gratz said.

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