Newcomb Dance Company gears up for annual concert

February 3, 2014 8:45 AM

New Wave staff

The Department of Theatre and Dance will host its annual dance concert, An Evening of Dance, with performances on Friday (Feb. 7) through Sunday (Feb. 9) in Dixon Hall on the uptown campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Newcomb Dance Concert

The annual Newcomb Dance Concert at Dixon Hall features both student and professional dancers. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

The dance concert will feature original pieces choreographed by Newcomb dance faculty members Barbara Hayley, Alice Pascal-Escher, Michaela Cannon, and Kehinde Ishangi as well as revived pieces originally choreographed by Wade Madsen and the late Woody McGriff. Also presenting new work will be guest artist Reginald Ellis Crump.
The Newcomb Dance Company will premiere Sand Castles of the Golden Clutch and The Secrets of Sugar (A truncated glimpse into the evolution of fierceness), choreographed by Crump who is also known by the moniker, Monstah Black.

Crump, a New York based performing artist, is known for his stage performances that blur the lines of genre and gender.

Sand Castles takes inspiration from the New York underground ballroom culture to heighten the idea of societal definitions of success. It exaggerates style and behavior for hyper awareness and entertainment.
Graduating seniors Claire Escher and Lara Murray are re-creating roles their mothers, Alice Pascal Escher and Lisa Hooks Murray, performed in Newcomb dance concerts in the early 1990’s when Claire and Lara were just toddlers. They will perform the quirky and upbeat Java Jive choreographed by Seattle-based dancer Wade Madsen to the Manhattan Transfer song by the same title.
Beverly Trask has reconstructed the very demanding and high-energy octet, Dig, choreographed by the late Heywood “Woody” McGriff. McGriff was a dancer in the internationally acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance company and a professor at the University of Texas in Austin. He set Dig during a guest artist residency with the Newcomb Dance Program in 1992, and it has remained a favorite in the Newcomb Dance repertory.

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