The Kenyon College Department of Dance, Drama and Film will present attendees of its annual Spring Dance Concert with a special treat: a historical staging from score of a Jerome Robbins dance as originally performed in the 1945 Broadway production of “Billion Dollar Baby.”
The concert, held May 2–4 at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., showcases Robbins’ energetic “Charleston Ballet,” a performance which has been in the works among Kenyon dancers for nearly a year. The piece, based on 1920s themes and dance styles, features a cast of 16 characters who enter and exit a speakeasy backdrop.
The concert also features a colorful and rhythmic piece in the Bharatanatyam style of dance, a classical Indian dance form. The dance, choreographed by Visiting Instructor of Dance Smitha Magal and performed by six students, reenacts mythical stories and characters from the Ramayana.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Ellie Carter choreographed “Echoes of Kindness,” a piece that examines how a diverse community of dancers can unite to move together as one and share weight.
Other dances include “Game Over,” a humorous take on 1980s-era video games that was choreographed by Nadine Hemming, a senior classics and dance double major from Chicago. For part of her senior exercise in dance, Jordan Wetzel, from Arnold, Maryland, choreographed a two-part solo, danced by junior Katie Lensmeyer, a studio art and biology double major from Port Huron, Michigan. Guest artist Simon Thomas-Train choreographed this year’s annual dance showcasing seniors: an octet titled “to take me at my word.”
Brodie and Professor of Dance Balinda Craig-Quijada co-direct the concert. Associate Professor of Drama Rebecca Wolf designed lighting, and Assistant Professor of Drama Tatjana Longerot designed costumes. Costume Shop Manager Deborah Clark and Technical Director Chris Ellsworth provided additional production support.
Tickets cost $7.50 for general admission, $4 for seniors, non-Kenyon students and children under 12, and $2 for Kenyon students. To reserve tickets, contact the box office at 740-427-5546 from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact the Department of Dance, Drama and Film at 740-427-5531.
Saturday, May 4 at 8:00pm to 10:30pm
205 College-Park Street, Gambier, OH 43022
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