Creative Arts

38th Annual Spring Dance Concert to be held May 8 to 10

Spring Dance Concert posterMonmouth, Ore. – The highly anticipated annual Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert will be held Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10 in Rice Auditorium. Directed by Deborah Jones, dance professor, the concert includes choreography by dance faculty, students and guest artist Brian Enos. General admission is $12, $10 for seniors and $7 for students.  For tickets and more information, please contact the Box Office 503-838-8462.

“The student pieces in the concert represent the culmination and application of skills gained over a year long series of composition courses that the students have taken. All of the dances reflect hours of commitment from both choreographers and dancers to bring inspiration into the visible form of expressive movement, which is the artistry of dance.”

Guest artist, choreographer Brian Enos, created a new work “Aerie” on eight WOU dancers who auditioned for the opportunity to work with this talented choreographer. Melding ballet technique with modern movement creativity, Enos created an abstract modern dance that includes broad strokes of kinesthetically pleasing phrases with the nuance of detailed movement. WOU dancers were invited to perform “Aerie” in Eugene, Ore. at the Lane Community College faculty dance concert and also performed the piece in Missoula, Mont. at the American College Dance Festival. They will be performing “Aerie” once again in the WOU Spring Dance Concert.

Enos, from San Francisco, Calif., has been choreographing since age 14. When he was just 18-years-old and still a student

Brian Enos

Brian Enos, guest artist for the 2014 Spring Dance Concert.

in the Houston Ballet Academy, Enos was invited by artistic director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. to create his first work for The Houston Ballet. He has since gone on to create works for companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, and Ballet Austin II, among others. He is currently serving as resident choreographer and assistant artistic director for Mystic Ballet in Connecticut. Enos was named “Best Up And Coming Choreographer” by the Houston Press and was also a winner of the annual Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition. As a dancer, he spent several years performing with The Houston Ballet before embarking on an eight-year career as a dancer and choreographer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Enos wants to inspire dancers and entertain audiences through his choreography.

Deborah Jones, professor of dance, used movement as metaphor in “Rendezvous with Love,” which is about a coming together, from separation and isolation, to connection and shared, joyful experience. Sharon Oberst, professor of dance, created “Jazz’d,” which is an upbeat and fun piece in the jazz style. “Bad” is by Darryl Thomas, professor of dance, and is modern dance athleticism and the Tai Chi sword meeting Michael Jackson. The Spring Dance Concert also features “Higgs Boson (The God Particle),” an interactive real-time video projection, custom designed animation and the dancing body illuminate the mysteries of “The God Particle.”

Six students created performances for the Spring Dance Concert. Amelia Douglas (Salem, Ore.), who created “Working Title,” which is a dance about finding joy in the monotony that sometimes plagues us in everyday life. “Pulse,” by Cy Higashi (Kaneohe, Hawaii), is the exploration of movement through the music; exploring powerful and connecting movements that have natural flow within them. Jenni Bowker (Medford, Ore.), choreographed “Harmonic Fusion,” which was inspired by music and is about the fusion of two different movement styles: sharp angles and flow. Angel Stromberg (Tillamook, Ore.), created “Ding!” – a piece that follows a dancer as he plays out the same day three times, each resulting in different outcomes. “Forms in Motion,” by Emily Aalbers (Gresham, Ore.), is an abstract exploration of movement and the human body reflecting the embodiment of music. Lastly, Rachel Britt (Keizer, Ore.), choreographed “Set in Stone,” where inanimate becomes animate and an artist begins to realize that the sculpture she is sketching is slowly coming to life.

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