Winter Concert 2016
Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM in the Wilks Theater, Armstrong Student Center, on the Oxford Campus.

Dance Theatre’s eclectic style continues to include elements of many dance forms—from modern to contemporary to jazz. The concert features music that ranges from Boby Lapointe to Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonte, to contemporary.

Company Director Lana Kay Rosenberg choreographed a work for 7 new company members. Memories explores a special remembrance from each dancer and, extrapolating movement from the dancer, she has woven their personal statements into the dance using a circle that suggest sitting around a campfire to share stories.

Dance Theatre alumna Joanna Kotze, a New York based choreographer and dancer, graduated with a BA in Architecture from Miami in 1998. Returning to Miami in September, she set Trois siorT, a trio that mines information from one source to create a completely new whole. Inspired by the juxtaposition of cycles versus the linearity of moving forward and backwards. This dense dance highlights the performers relationship to the space and audience while shifting perception of time.

Ah Oh Hmm began as an examination of being alone and evolved into a broader concept of perception and relativity for choreographer Margaret Donohue Nelson, 2006 Miami alumna and Director of Prospect Research at Miami. The 3 dancers, using space, motivation, timing and interpretation, and sound clips of alarms and a baby crying and laughing, communicate these concepts to the audience in a pseudo performance art portrayal.

Danielle Sadler, Miami Kinesiology graduate in 2015, attempted to strip the intimidation factor of vulnerability and express the strength that it can give someone in her dance vul·ner·a·ble. Danielle is a second year Dental student at the University of Kentucky and also dances in a contemporary company in Lexington.

Liza Torrence, President of Dance Theatre and senior Art Education major, is from Pittsburgh, PA. The Walk, her fourth dance choreographed for the company, is a contemporary work featuring a homeless individual struggling with mental instabilities. Through a battle of perception vs. reality, the character and her multiple personalities have their mental strength tested. This dance allows us to consider our own "hot coals,” that may prevent us from our successes, but also show us the beauty in our challenges.

Erin Lensmeyer, a senior Chemistry major and Management minor, from Port Huron MI, choreographed Vulnicura. This dance showcases how we can use dance and the arts to heal ourselves from painful experiences. The dancers in this work are striving to portray their personal stories through vulnerable movement, while sharing with the audience just how much dance can heal.

Alyssa Gardner is a senior Psychology major from Tiffin, OH and Vice President of Dance Theatre. As a senior she expects to go through major life transitions next year and in Unease, her first piece for the company, she incorporated her personal feelings of anxiety. The dance focuses on single dancer struggling with changes surrounding her relationships knowing some relationships last a lifetime, others come and go.

Ellison Luthy, a junior Psychology major from Columbus, OH, choreographed 49. Performed to music composed by pianist Óafur Arnalds and singer AURORA, this dance was inspired by the individual and unique grieving process one may experience, specifically in light of the recent shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL.

Annika Dodrill, a sophomore Interior Design major from Austin, TX, choreographed Closets to explore her experience coming out of the closet as a lesbian, while also permitting her dancers to explore the closets that confine them. Everyone has had difficulties in their life that create closets in which they are trapped, things from which they wish to escape. The work provides a backdrop for dancers to tell stories about their own difficulties and the emotional experiences that form them.

Tickets are free for Miami students at the Box Office/Home Office in 129 CAB. $8 students/seniors; $10 in advance and $14 at the door for general admission. There is a TalkBack after the Saturday evening concert. For ticket information, call 513-529-3200.

Spring Concert 2015
Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 26 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus. Dance Theatre’s eclectic style continues to include elements of many dance forms—from modern to modern ballet to jazz and tap. The concert featured music that ranges from Manitas de Plata to Goldfrapp to vocalist Jennifer Lopez and others. Lana Kay Rosenberg is director with lighting design by Sandra Drewes Wott.

Company Director Lana Kay Rosenberg restaged Hannah Copeland’s As We Are that premiered in April 2007, her sophomore year at Miami. Hannah lost her battle with cancer last year and the dance was done in her memory, using videotape from the 2007 concert. Hannah said about the dance at the time, "Going away to college, I often think about my friends, because I have lost touch with many that I thought would be there forever. There are friends only there for a short time, there are friends that may seem to be long term but end up drifting away, and then there are your friends that will be there forever". As We Are is a testament to Hannah’s love of people and of dance.

Guest choreographer Carolann Crittenden, Miami 2010, was a member of Dance Theatre all 4 years. Currently living and working in Cincinnati at SWI Vintage, her dance, Swept, is loosely based on how all of us, at some point or another, tend to get swept away in life. Whether it is keeping with the same routine every day or getting stuck in a depressive state, Swept looks at how it is alright to break outside the mold, even if only for a brief moment, before we are swept back again.

Dayton Guest Artist Gregory Robinson set a jazz work, Story Short, for 7 dancers. Gregory asked the audience to consider, how we view the destitute in our society? Do we look past them, around them, through them? What could we learn from the narrative of their lives and experiences if given the opportunity to be privy to their thoughts? The themes in the piece reflect those found in the song: the gain and loss of riches, the ephemera of artistic achievements, the anguish of a soldier's war experience.

Using a track of street sounds composed by Sounds Ideas and audio from HITRECORD, Urban Spaces was an in-depth look at the cities we dwell in by the simple, solitary act of walking through them. Choreographed by Kristin Bell, Dance Theatre Alumna 2014, now living and working in Cincinnati, this piece tells the story of the individuals that make up the places in which we live, and the passiveness that encompasses so many of our passers-by.

In Uncertainty, Danielle Sadler, senior Kinesiology major and Dance Theatre President from Fishers IN, explored the desires of love. The songs contrast each other in style and concept. The first, softer song shows vulnerability, while the second more powerful piece of music displays yearning and desire for control in life. We crave and dread this intense feeling because, though it provides pure bliss, it also can bring extreme agony. The dancers, along with Paloma, the vocal artist, struggle with wanting love back along with the battle to let it go completely so they can move on.

Taylor Sieve, a senior Math Education and Math/ Stats double major, is from Lewis Center, OH. Her tap trio, Exult, is done to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Sweet Child o'Mine. Taylor is a "hoofer", therefore her tap dance is very into the ground and rhythmical and she has made it very interactive between the three dancers.

Elizabeth (Beth) Seither is a junior English major from Cincinnati, OH and the Vice President of Dance Theatre. Her inspiration came with the help of Goldfrapp’s music. The singer’s hypnotizing voice pairs with the instrumental sounds to sweep away emotion of love and heartbreak. Invaded Lust; Shattered Us explored the dynamic between three people involved in a love triangle. The piece follows their journey as they try to deal with the struggles of this complicated relationship while finding their own selves along the way.

Liza Torrence, is a sophomore Art Education major from Pittsburgh, PA and the Treasurer of Dance Theatre. Eff!ciency is a modern work that explored the idea of work ethic and conformity through time and space. Because of our focus on productivity efficiency, we often make mistakes and miss out on the more important things in life. The dance reflects that struggle; the dynamic movement of the dancers will lead viewers through an antagonistic approach of efficiency, in hopes of sparking inspiration to reevaluate one’s own motives.

Hannah Ralston, a sophomore Middle Childhood Education major from New Albany, OH, created Ole! Following a trip to Barcelona, she wanted to create a piece that fused American and Spanish cultures. Inspired by the passion she saw in Barcelona, this dance, takes some traditional Spanish movements, and gives them an American jazz flare that combines in a unique and interesting twist.

Spring Concert 2014
Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus. Dance Theatre’s eclectic style continues to include elements of many dance forms—from modern to modern ballet to jazz and tap. The concert featured music that ranged from Maurice Ravel, to Imogen Heap, to Kimbra, to Brenda Holloway, to Danny Elfman, to Ethel and others. Lana Kay Rosenberg is director with lighting design by Geoffrey D. Fishburn.

Company Director Lana Kay Rosenberg choreographed a work for 8 senior members of Dance Theatre. Memories explores personal reflections from each dancer and develops the material into solo movement, eventually bringing them together as they all share the common bond of the company and graduation. Memories utilizes music played by Sandra L. Seefeld and Ron Matson and and is also a tribute commemorating Seefeld’s contribution to Rosenberg’s past choreography and to Dance Theatre, as an artist and friend.

Joanna Kotze is a New York based choreographer and dancer. She graduated with a BA in Architecture from Miami University in 1998 and is a Dance Theatre alumna who returned in March to set her eighth piece on the company. In And it goes one finds a trio stuck in a persistent, insistent and relentless cycle of movement. The three dancers use form, repetition, and a rhythmic drive as they navigate the space, the sound and each other’s bodies.

Dayton Guest Artist Gregory Robinson set a contemporary work, In Three/Quarter Time, for 5 dancers. Inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes, Robinson poses the question: “Who hasn't at one point or another found themselves moved to swaying to the steady one, two, three rhythm that is the heartbeat of a waltz?”

Unquiet Minds, choreographed by Dance Theatre alumna, Sami Ackard uses two polarizing songs from artists Imogen Heap and Øland. The dance follows the mentality of 4 dancers struggling to silence their thoughts and dreams as they travel through life and it’s many chores. She hopes the theme of unsettled thoughts and the sensation of your mind racing will be relatable for most audience members. “There is so much that goes on inside our brains, and unfortunately some of it drive us all a little crazy.”

Mrs. is Kristin Bell’s fourth dance for the company. President of Dance Theatre, she is a senior Marketing major with minors in Communications and Interactive Media Studies from Westerville, OH. The dance is a response to research of the 1950’s for a History of Electronic Media class and the way women were expected to act and what they were expected to do during that time. Kristin says, “It is bothersome when a woman chooses to sit around and wait for a man, and if that doesn’t bother you then I really am worried about our society. Women should empower women, men should empower women; we all need to look out for each other and our right to equality.”

In Like Crazy, Danielle Sadler, a junior Kinesiology major from Fishers, IN, used the music “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson and” Dead Hearts” by Stars to challenge the audience to re-experience their past moments of love, both good and bad. In the end, every love story was meant to be because it makes us who we are. The dance was inspired by the movie “Like Crazy”, which shows how perplex and simple love can really be.

Marie Hirko, a senior Kinesiology major with a Chemistry pre-med focus, currently lives in Long Branch, NJ. Fosse encompasses Bob Fosse’s influence in today’s dance culture and incorporates four different “Fosse-esque” songs utilizing only instrumentals. The preciseness of the choreography and movements will demonstrate to the audience how influential a specific genre of movement, such as “Fosse”, can be.

For Elizabeth (Beth) Seither, a sophomore English major from Cincinnati, OH and the Publicity Chair of Dance Theatre, inspiration came from Danny Elfman’s music, which fluidly toils with emotion as heartbreak and hope is heard intertwining between the notes. Unified by Difference explores the extreme struggles that people face and the journey where, in the end, it is discovered that everyone is the same underneath when their problems are stripped away.

Matt and Liza

Winter Concert 2013
Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM in the CPA, main stage, on the Oxford campus.  Dance Theatre’s eclectic style continues to include elements of many dance forms—from modern/contemporary to jazz, tap and ballet.  The concert featured music that ranged from Joseph Haydn, to Peter Gabriel, Carlinhos Brown, The Eagles, Lykke Li, and others.

Lana Kay Rosenberg, Company Director, choreographed Round it goes, where... using 6 large, white exercise balls. Her 6 dancers explore using them in nontraditional ways, all the time struggling to get them to cooperate with the movement.  Joseph Haydn’s classical music sets the tone for the adagio solo section, which flows into the group allegro romp!

 

Guest artist and Dance Theatre alum, Dan Weltner (1985), created Tunnel Vision during a four-day residency in September. Inspired by the rhythm of passing lights in the New York City subway system, Dan has blended elements of samba, salsa, cha cha and modern dance with the Afro-Brazilian beat of musician Carlinhos Brown. The result of this fusion is a playful escape from the usual humdrum commute in NYC!

 

Guest choreographer Nicole Few Hunter returned to set her 66h work for the company, Opulence and Envy, inspired by the popular TV series, Game of Thrones; the dance features two competing "factions", each led by a queen.  Nicole graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2006 and is an attorney in Cincinnati; she also teaches dance at Miami’s Hamilton campus.

 

Directly inspired by the choreographer's personal life and her quickly growing family, Margaret Donohue Nelson, a 2006 Miami University alum and fulltime employee of Miami in the Division of University Advancement, has set Footprints.  The dance uses organic movement replicative of one’s behavior during fits of frustration as well as very pedestrian influenced movement and examines the various aspects of self-pity—those who indulge in it and those who are victims of it.

 

Kristin Bell, a senior Marketing major from Westerville, OH, choreographed Carded, Discarded after receiving inspiration from television and film of the 80’s. She says, "In these films, those characters that are the outcasts, the loners, the burnouts, the freaks always intrigue me. They convey a lazy and carefree attitude as they roll through life, marching to the beat of their own drum but that confidence and disinterest may just be a facade. Using the musical styling of Neon Indian and College, featuring Electric Youth, the dancers play with the dynamics of laziness versus crispness and individuality versus conformity."

 

Carly Kennell, a senior from West Chester, OH, trained in classical ballet, and her dance, Perspective, is reminiscent of this, with a contemporary spin. Her love (and her parents as well) for The Eagles sparked the idea for Perspective.  Carly will be graduating in May with degrees in Chemistry and Math and will be attending The University of Cincinnati in the fall for an MS in Chemical Engineering. 

 

In Perseverance, Danielle Sadler, junior KNH major from Fishers, IN, uses the music of Lykke Li, “Love Our Of Lust”, to explore the idea of human desire. Thematically the dance displays the struggles different people have when they desire that one thing that everyone else tells them is out of their reach, whether that be love, knowledge, power, happiness, or growth. “We all desire something that may not seem obtainable to us in that moment, but given the strength, will power, and sometimes assistance, those impossible tasks become possible.”

 

Spring Concert 2012

Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus.  Dance Theatre’s eclectic style continues to include elements of many dance forms—from modern to modern ballet to jazz to tap.  With lighting design by Geoffrey D. Fishburn, the concert featured music that ranged from the sounds of the Big Band Era, to Philip Glass, to contemporary.

Company Director Lana Kay Rosenberg choreographed a tap dance entitled Two for Three.  Done in 2 sections, the dance utilizes the sounds the taps make on different surfaces as well as exploring counter rhythms using music from the Big Band Era. She also collaborated with Cassie Wilson, Assistant Director of Miami’s Health & Well-Being Program and Dance Theatre company member, on a solo entitled for Finley… . 

Miami Alum, BA in Architecture 1998, Joanna Kotze, a New York City based choreographer and dancer returned in January to set Here, There, a portrait of three women who have separate stories but share a similar desire to be heard. Using the contrast of loud electric music and luscious acoustic guitar strums, Here, There challenges the viewer to come along for the ride.

In Promethea, Shannon Vroom, 2006 DT alumna, uses the music of Swedish composer Johan Söderqvist from the movie In a Better World to explore the idea of divine inspiration. In this piece, the soloist endeavors to create something of her own, but is unable to do so without superior influence. The muses of creativity only bestow their gift upon humanity when humanity has proven capable of breathing life into their creative endeavors. Thus the soloist must prove her desire for inspiration.

Dayton Guest Artist Gregory Robinson’s new work, Dream Journal takes a look inward to the inexplicable and illogical nature of dreams. He feels that Philip Glass' string quartet Company has an evocative sonority that easily underscores the surreal quality of such visions in this modern ballet for 5 dancers.

Caroline Farris, a senior Art History major from Knoxville, TN, began exploring a "beauty gone array" theme through movement since the Fall of 2011. Displaying feminine, yet distorted movement, Ode to Rosie features beautiful women coexisting as manufactured items. Initially inspired by Lana Del Rey, Farris' choreography further explores this pop-cultural fad.

Sami Ackard, a junior Psychology major with a Spanish minor from Columbus, developed an athletic anecdote for the audience. She feels that sometimes the audience is perplexed and about certain themes and messages and that the art and beauty of dance can disappear in the confusion. Harrowing Reverie provided much entertainment and a straightforward plot as the dancers and audience members explored the many processes of the human mind.

Alex Hinton, a sophomore Mass Communication major focusing in Media Production, grew up in Chester, NJ and spent her childhood dancing for the Art of Dance Company. Take It Away emphasized her passion for contemporary and lyrical movement and was meant to expose something that has become numb or too difficult to face in reality. The movements use a variety of catches and releases to stress the difficulties of the ups and downs.

 

Winter Concert 2011

Miami University’s Dance Theatre presenedt its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus. 

 

Lana Kay Rosenberg, Company Director, choreographed Why? using images from the Algerian War for independence, as portrayed in Jean Genet’s The Screens.  She juxtaposes movement with the haunting, sounds from the collaboration of the Western and African composers.  Why? portrays redemption through despair.  The dancers, often bonded together in trios where their physical dependence is easily seen—become separate, just as Genet’ looks at nothingness into…nothingness.  Sandra Seefeld, flutist, accompanied the first section of the dance, while moving through the dancers.

Guest Artist and Miami Alum (1985) Dan Weltner choreographed Lite Rock Rehab. Dan and the cast created the piece during his residency at Miami in early September. Then, after the initial 5-day process, Dan returned home to New York City and the dance has continued to evolve, by way of a viral rehearsal process--thanks to YouTube. This theatrical piece highlights a group of women, who are attending a support group meeting in hopes of overcoming their addiction to easy-listening music. It is performed to a musical collage of both hard and soft rock and poses one major question; will this group succeed in learning to head-bang like true rockers, or will they suffer a relapse?

Using the familiar song, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Margaret Donohue Nelson a 2006 Dance Theatre and Miami University alumna and current Research Associate for Miami University’s Division of University Advancement choreographed Dennis sinned, about the irony she found within the song: a man, who at a moment in his life, most likely believes he is committing the most manly and adult like behavior one can—taking another’s life—in the aftermath, reverts back to his childlike ways.  Using abstract movement and baby blankets, Margaret strives to portray the way in which “children” beg for forgiveness and fear reparation.

Guest choreographer Carolann Crittenden, 2010 Miami University alum, choreographed No Escape.  For 5 dancers, it is a reflection on the inner struggle of letting go and how sometimes, for some, it is physically impossible. The dancers are trying to escape from the light while beginning to realize that their attempts to escape are useless. Panic sets in before they are sucked back into the light.  Carolann currently works for Fox Broadcasting.

Kristin Bell, a sophomore Marketing major from Westerville, OH, choreographed Endless Daydream in response to the stress of growing up. The dance, reminiscent of a child’s silliness, reflects the daily thoughts, memories, and dreams the mind may accommodate. The dancers represent the children we were and whom we remember as we grow up. GIVERS’ upbeat instrumentals and dreamy lyrics provide the feeling of innocence and whimsy that children embody everyday.

Caroline Farris, a senior Art History major from Knoxville, TN, last choreographed for the Winter 2010 concert.  Featuring aggressive and distorted movement, Ode to Marilyn takes beauty to an unexpected level, and exposes it in a different light.  What if women acted like contradictions to their appearances? What does beauty look like taken one step too far? These are all questions Ode to Marilyn presents using the music of Derek Vincent Smith.

Jenny Hughes-Wilson has choreographed Timshel (Hebrew for "thou mayest") for two dancers. The piece, set to music by the folk rock group Mumford and Sons, reflects themes in Steinbeck's novel East of Eden. Jenny has a master's degree in social work from the University of Alabama and works at Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati.

Bridgette Rawlins, a senior from Zanesville, OH majoring in Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Science choreographed Synergy. There are moments in the dance where solos emerge, where the individual is seen, but the dance is stronger and more effective when the 3 dancers dance together. The movement quality, and what can be done in pointe shoes that break the boundaries of what is considered ballet, is explored in the dance. The music, composed by The XX who use electronic, alternative sounds, complements the abstract movement. 

 

Spring Concert 2011

Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus.

Combine the wit of Franz Josef Haydn’s London Trio no. 1 with the scandalous stories behind the Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman portraits recently exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum, add dresses nodding to mid-18th century fashion designed and constructed by Sarah Timberlake of NYC, and you have Splendid Impositions, a premiere by Judith Mikita. Mikita an independent Cincinnati choreographer is also a faculty member at CCM.

Guest artist Joanna Kotze (Miami 1998) set Maybe it was there all along. The movement progresses from a rhythmic sense of self to a dynamic, interactive duet. The two ‘soloists’ are slowly but inexorably drawn to one another, and their motions and movement combinations become entwined. This piece asks questions about what it means to be alone versus what it means to be together in a partnership. What are the stresses, particularities and beautiful friction-filled moments in such a basic social evolution?

Guest artist Gregory Robnison, formerly with the Dayton Ballet, returns to set for Grace, a plotless work featuring 10 dancers. Set to two sections from Maurice Ravel's suite "Le Tombeau de Couperin", Robinson says, "Ravel’s musical trademarks are all here, his elegance and wit, his use of incredible speed tempered with distinctive clarity, and his orchestration that is subtle and transparent yet bold and complex. The DT dancers have really given me such inspiration. It's been a joy to see them explore their way through this wonderful score with me."

Dance Theatre Director Lana Kay Rosenberg and Margret Donohue, DT alumna 2006, have combined their talents to produce a solo for Margaret using the music of Young Mozart. and life goes on… explores the frustration in dealing with serious life issues and trying to resolve them so the strength to “go on” is absorbed and the dancer feels she can move forward with her life. A sofa serves as the focal point of the frustration and this home base takes a serious beating in the process of providing support and solace.

Hauna Viox, a senior Art Education and Photography major from Cincinnati, choreographed A Little More…Time. Using the music of Yann Tiersen and Billy Porter, the dance portrays the struggle of an alcoholic as seen through his daughter’s eyes. The daughter speaks of the pain and the hurt of the hard life this disease has caused him and reassures him she will always be proud to be his daughter. She wishes, however, there had been a little more time for her to help heal him instead of letting go.

Bridgette Rawlins, a junior Microbiology major from Columbus, OH, choreographed Black Tambourine that explores the energy, ambiance, superstitious, and spiritualistic culture of New Orleans. The dance reflects how important rhythm and soul is to this famous Southern city. The dancers loosely represent the "lost-souls" or spirits that supposedly roam there, as it is known for its cemeteries, traditions, and ghost stories. The pulsing rhythm and strong lyrics of Beck’s songs embody the tough, edgy, slightly gothic, dark-romantic side of New Orleans.

Kalina Hillard, a junior from Grand Rapids, OH, is an Interdisciplinary Business Management major with a legal studies track and a double minor in International Business and Russian. She makes her debut as a choreographer with The Taunting, inspired by the infamous seven deadly sins. The dance includes an numerous music genres ranging from classical to tango and uses selections from “Matrix Revolutions” and “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Each projects a different mood with the music and dancers exploring a dark topic as one girl becomes consumed by her sinful behavior.

Sami Ackard is a sophomore from Columbus, OH majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Playing With Pain is her debut work for the company.. The dance is inspired by the many works and ideals of silent movie genius Charlie Chaplin, who brought humor and relief to so many human beings when they needed it most. Dancing in a quartet to music composed by Kate Nash, she delves into the little joys in life and shares with the audience the energetic and playful movement Chaplin exemplified. Because, for one “to truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.” –Charlie Chaplin.

Kelly Godfrey, freshman Marketing major from Camarillo, CA, choreographed Finding the Courage, her first dance for Dance Theatre. It is about finally being able to say that one thing you’ve never been able to say. It is about confronting the fear of rejection, confrontation, or whatever it may be for someone personally. Ryuichi ‘s music inspired this theme because of its soft beginning leading into a build of sharper, louder sound, and culminating in a dramatic ending.

 

Spring Concert 2010

Miami University’s Dance Theatre presented its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 25 at 2 PM in Hall Auditorium on the Oxford campus.

Lana Kay Rosenberg, Dance Theatre director, set Tutu Tap incorporating ballet and tap dance movement vocabularies. The dancers contributed choreography to the dance as well and Rosenberg spent time editing the movement and the sound, as the tap rhythms drove the movement. Charlotte Stauffer, Miami sophomore, designed costumes for the dance and Margaret Donohue, Miami Research Associate, was the tap soloist.

Gregory Robinson, formerly Artistic Associate for Dayton Ballet, returned to set a contemporary work, Vessels, an abstract dance for seven, which used music from the Philip Glass film soundtrack "Koyaanisqati". Robinson states: "The formal structure of the music, the way Glass features the human voices with and against the strings and woodwinds creates a marvelous sound environment with a seeming three quarter (waltz) tempo and an arid openness. It became a wonderful inspiration to create a work that celebrates the talents of the members of DT."

Judith Mikita has been on the faculty of UC/CCM since 1995. 5 Arc-Shaped Subphrases investigated the math of dance: phrases of movement divided into compositional factors. 5 Arc-Shaped Subphrases added an original score composed by the director of the UC/CCM electronic music department, Mara Helmuth, plus hanging set pieces designed and constructed by MU Architecture candidates. Arc-shaped Subphrases is a term used by the composer in musical analysis. It is functional in describing our process in constructing this dance. This is the fifth dance Mikita has choreographed for DT; therefore, 5’s are important in this work.

Margaret Donohue works full-time as a Research Associate for Miami’s Division of University Advancement. She graduated from Miami in 2006 and was a member of Miami University’s Dance Theatre. Ma is as selfless as I am is a visual representation of what Margaret refers to as the irony of selfishness. With the use of a mirror and frame, various body facings, and a deliberate movement vocabulary, she shows that while one is consumed with self, they fail to reflect internally – Jane Austen wrote, “I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.”


Lisa Walsh, Dayton, OH senior History and Economics major and French minor set Cello Suites for 3 dancers. Each dancer appears physically different yet when they dance together a succinct ensemble is created. The audience can see differences in their bodies, the different muscles engaged to create the picture presented. The continuous movement is tiring; we hear the dancers breathing, hear their feet slap the floor; see the sweat come off of their bodies. Bach’s cello music pushes the dancers to explore the physicality that is dance.

Carolann Crittenden, Elgin, IL senior Marketing major set a jazz inspired work set to music from “The Mask” soundtrack and the fabulous Etta James. The Woman in Red shows that he beauty of a woman can stop you in your tracks; everyone is caught up in their busy lives, but if they see someone they find attractive they will always take time to look and wonder.

Lauren Schaeffer is a senior Mass Communications major and a European Areas Studies and History double minor from Perrysburg, OH. Her dance, Plastic Makes Perfect is about:
“Oh I believe in the marriage of silence and love
And I still need some patience to grasp it all
I hope I won't forget these feelings fading off in time
Trapped behind my face and burning in my mind” –“The Marriage”, Elisa

Hauna Viox, a junior Art Education/Photography major from Cincinnati, OH, choreographed You Were There. Using the music of Suzanne Ciani and Ryandan, the dance portrayed the true meaning of friendship. When people share a strong bond of mutual understanding, respect and love, it lays the foundation for an everlasting friendship that gets stronger with time; the trust and attachment between the two people grows.