Dancing 'Above the Oaks' features faculty works

April 3, 2013 10:00 AM

New Wave staff

Featuring original choreography from faculty members, the Newcomb Dance Company will stage “An Evening of Dance — Above the Oaks,” its annual spring concert, in four performances on Thursday through Sunday (April 4–7) on the Tulane uptown campus.

Scene from spring dance concert.

Jeffrey Gunshol’s modern dance choreography in “Oceans Between”  is one of the works in the spring Newcomb Dance Company concert. (Photo by Diogo DeLima)

The concert will present an array of new modern dance choreography that explores the individual’s relationship with both self and others. The works are by Department of Theater and Dance faculty members Alice Pascal Escher, Jeffrey Gunshol and Michaela Cannon.

In Gunshol’s “Oceans Between,” the choreographer examines how two people find, engage in and decide to pursue love in the midst of societal repression, asking “What do we sacrifice to the normal?” Gunshol is a professor of practice on the dance faculty.

Cannon, also a professor of practice, will present a new work that explores how our lives intersect with others, weaving in and out through different experiences and lifetimes.

“Tethered,” a new modern dance choreographed by Escher, who is an associate professor, is set to a “Bach Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Strings in D Minor.”  She says it explores how restrictions can both inhibit and enhance our personal expression through movement. Escher also will present a staging of “Jewels,” a classical ballet variation from Act III of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

The performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday in room 300 of McWilliams Hall. General admission is $12, with $5 tickets for students, members of the Tulane community and seniors. For additional information, call 504-865-5106.

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