USC Dance presents the classic tale, ‘Sleeping Beauty’
The University of South Carolina Dance Conservatory brings Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” to the Koger Center for the Arts stage April 15-16.
After each performance, “Taking Chances,” a student choreography showcase, featuring original choreography by university students, will be performed.
Show times are 6 p.m. on April 15 and 2 p.m. on April 16. Tickets are $16 for the general public, $15 for students and $14 for seniors, military and USC faculty and staff. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 803-777-5112; charge by phone at 803-251-2222.
A beloved and familiar fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty” tells the story of Princess Aurora, the victim of a malicious curse cast by the wicked fairy, Carabosse. Overlooked by Aurora’s father at a ceremony, newborn Aurora is doomed to die at the age of 16. The Lilac Fairy intervenes, and instead of dying, Aurora will sleep for 100 years -- or until she is awakened by the kiss of her true love.
The USC production has been adapted by faculty members Marissa Freeman and Anna Dragoni-Logan with students Mindy Chester, Caitlin McCormack and Katie Owerbach.
Performing alongside the conservatory students are guest artist Talin Kenar as Princess Aurora and faculty member Anna Dragoni-Logan as Carabosse, plus nine students from the university’s dance program:
McCree O’Kelly (Prince Désiré) -- senior dance performance major
Garry Hilton (King) -- senior dance education major
Joanna Hardy (Queen) -- senior dance education major
Mindy Chester (Lilac Fairy) -- sophomore dance performance major
Hannah Patten (Fairy of Beauty) -- freshman dance performance major
Callen Ring (Fairy of Grace) -- senior dance performance major
Katie Owerbach (Fairy of Generosity) -- junior dance performance major
Lilli Gotti (Fairy of Song) -- freshman dance performance major
Kayla Szolek (Fairy of Temperament) -- sophomore dance performance major
After the performance, nine original pieces by student chorographers will be premiered under the direction of dance instructor Cindy Flach. The genres will vary from hip hop, tap, contemporary to swing.
Select pieces include the following:
- “The Power of Words,” a hip hop collaboration by students from the Dance Education program sharing their words in their own voices;
- “To Whom It May Concern,” by Olivia Anderson, featured ballet dancer in many of the works presented by the USC Dance Company, presenting her first foray into contemporary choreography
- “Woodwork” by Caitlin McCormack, a contemporary piece performed by 11 women, which explores mother/daughter relationships, particularly among Southern women.
For more information on “Sleeping Beauty,” the University of South Carolina Dance Conservatory or the USC Dance Program, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353.