University of South Carolina

USC Dance takes flight with ‘Voices of Choreography’

By: Frenche Brewer,, 803-777-3691

The University of South Carolina Dance Company will perform “Voices of Choreography,” a concert showcasing dance works that span the spectrum from neoclassical to modern style on Nov. 2-3.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. both evenings on the Koger Center stage.

The performances will include the South Carolina premiere of modern dance pioneer Alwin Nikolais’  “Tensile Involvement,” a 1953 work famously featured in the 2003 film, “The Company.”

Susan Anderson, USC Dance artistic director, said the opportunity to perform “Tensile Involvement” fulfills her goal of educating the students in the dance program and the audience about dance history.  

“Nikolais was not only known as an artistic pioneer along the lines of Warhol, but was also a composer and designer whose abstract dances combined motion with technical effects to create a complete freedom from established patterns of technique. Choosing this piece allowed us to present this iconoclastic artist’s work to a future dance audience,” Anderson said.
USC Dance has also developed a curriculum based upon “Tensile Involvement,” to present to area public schools.

Another highlight of the concert will be the specially choreographed piece, ”Bella Folia,” created by renowned Boston-based choreographer Gianni Di Marco.

“Kyra Strasberg, a USC distinguished artist-in-residence, danced with di Marco at the Boston Ballet, where she was a principal dancer in the company. Having this experience with Gianni enhances the students’ readiness and individual creative processes as they work to become professional dancers,” Anderson said.

The dance program continues its association with the works of legendary ballet choreographer George Balanchine with the performance “La Source,” a 1968 piece that expanded on an earlier work set by Balanchine, to the music of the Léo Delibes’ ballets “Syvia” and “Naila.”

A fourth piece, “If Only, I…,” a work by dance associate professor Thaddeus Davis, recipient of the Choo San Goh choreography award rounds out the evening

Tickets for the concert are $12 for students, $16 for USC faculty and staff, military and seniors (60 and older) and $18 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Koger Center box office or can be charged by phone at 803-251-2222.  

Posted: 10/31/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/31/12 @ 10:23 AM | Permalink