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Olivia Anderson takes on the title role in Act 2 of “Giselle.”
Olivia Anderson takes on the title role in Act 2 of “Giselle.”

Dance performance to feature classics and contemporary pieces

The University of South Carolina Dance Company presents its first main stage concert of the 2009 - 10 season, “On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary,” Oct. 2 - 3 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Performance time is 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. Prices are $16 for the public; $14 for military, university faculty and staff and seniors 60 and older; and $10 for students.

The show will include a performance of the demanding second act of the romantic ballet, “Giselle,” the first time the company will have ever mounted an entire act of a classic ballet.

“USC Dance Company is poised and ready to tackle the balletomanes’ favorite romantic ballet,” said Susan Anderson, the company’s artistic director. “It takes an exquisite and technical corps de ballet to match the jewelling technique of the principal dancers. We now have dance majors from all over the country who can rise to the occasion. It’s an exciting time for us to see this level of technical excellence.”

In “Giselle,” the title character’s heart is broken by a duplicitous nobleman, causing her untimely death. In the second act, also known as the “white act” for its traditionally all-white costuming, the ghost of Giselle appears to the nobleman, who begs forgiveness for his wrongdoing.

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‘On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary’

  • What: Dance performance
  • When: Oct. 2 - 3, 7:30 p.m. both nights
  • Where: Koger Center for the Arts

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