Distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, who performed the piece with the Boston Ballet, will stage the choreography of Marius Petipa, who adapted the original work of Jules Perrot. Performing the title role will be junior dance major Olivia Anderson.
“I have been studying for this moment all my life,” said Anderson. “It is a great honor to be coached by Kyra Strasberg.”
The contemporary portion of the program will include “Thresholds v. 2.2,” by choreographer Alan Hineline, and “Stout Breakdown,” choreographed by dance instructor Tanya Wideman-Davis.
Hineline describes “Thresholds,” created for the Dayton Ballet in 2007, as “an angular and fast-paced work that pushes classical ballet to its edges.” Hineline, former artistic director for Ballet Phillipines, visited the university’s new dance studios in late August to set the piece alongside associate artistic director Stacey Calvert.
“Stout Breakdown” is described by choreographer Tanya Wideman-Davis as “a piece created to get our dancers to explore movement from an uninhibited place. I want the dancers to have the experience where they take ownership of the steps they are given and live and breathe them until they become their own.”
For more information on this or other performances by the USC Dance Company, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.cas.sc.edu/dance.