College of Wooster to Present Annual Spring Dance Concert

Performances set for April 10-12 in Freedlander Theatre

09 April, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster Dance Company will present its annual spring concert Thursday through Saturday (April 10-12) at 8:15 p.m. in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). Tickets, which can be purchased at the Freedlander Box Office, are $9 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens (65 and over) as well as faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students.

The concert will showcase the talents of guest director Sidra Bell and guest performer Rebecca Margolick in the production of "new demon," which features music by Richard Skelton and lighting/décor by Amith Chandrashaker.

Bell is a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has a degree in history from Yale University and an MFA in choreography from Purchase College. Her critically acclaimed company (Sidra Bell Dance New York) and choreography have been seen across the country and around the world. She has also received many commissions from institutions internationally, and created more than 100 new works.

Margolick earned her BFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She received the 2012 J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Dance from NYU, and was chosen to attend the NYU summer exchange program with the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. She also attended Batsheva Dance Company Gaga Intensives in Israel and has danced for The YoMoCo, Barak Marshall, and Donald Sales.

Kim Tritt, professor of theatre and dance and chair of the department at Wooster, has choreographed a piece for the concert again this year, along with first years Madi Hunt and Emerald Rutledge; sophomores Emily Baird, Bridget Brately, and Emi Donato; and seniors Amadi Washington, Shakera Blackmon, and Shannon McKnight. 

Washington's performance is part of his Independent Study Project (Wooster's nationally acclaimed senior capstone experience), through which he examines the different ways in which music has been used in modern dance for the concert stage. "By investigating choreographers Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Rudolf Laban's philosophies about music for dance, I constructed a dance piece titled "Settle the Score," which seeks to explore how music can affect conceptual and movement-related artistic choices," says Washington. "Itis divided into three sections, each of which utilizes one of the three choreographer's methodologies. I was able to put these methodologies into practice through my choreography, and also had the privilege of directing two student musicians who composed all of the music heard in my work."

The lighting designers are Jody Tidwell and Dale Seeds (professor of theatre and dance at Wooster) along with first-year Bailey Williams, sophomore Dani Gagnon, juniors Sidney Martin and Audrey Platt, and seniors Benjamin Pfister, Kent Sprague and Chelsea Gillespie. Tidwell is also the technical director as well as the lighting supervisor; Jeff Tackett is the sound director; and Gillespie is the stage manager.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2241) or e-mail.