University of South Carolina

USC Dance Company to present two shows

The University of South Carolina’s Dance Company offers up two separate showcase events Dec. 1 - 4 at Drayton Hall.

During the first half of the evening, beginning at 6 p.m., the company will perform eight original contemporary dance pieces by student and guest choreographers. At 8 p.m., following the contemporary dance showcase, Wideman/Davis Dance, the resident professional dance company at the university, will present original choreography, including “Balance,” a dance theatre piece addressing the issue of homelessness in Columbia.

Tickets for both shows are $16 for the public; $14 for military, faculty and staff; and $10 for students and are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office, 777-5112.

Among the guest choreographers at the early program is New York-based Celia Rowlson-Hall, who has become an in-demand source for music and fashion video choreography and whose work has been performed at Lincoln Center Institute Clark Theater, Dance New Amsterdam and New York Fashion Week. Also to be performed are the works of guest choreographers Peter Garick, formerly of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Hannah Lagerway, a dancer with Wideman/Davis Dance whose original works have been performed internationally.

Among the student pieces being showcased is a video-based dance work created and performed by senior dance-education majors Emily Enloe and Joni Convington. Their still-untitled piece will be filmed outside and edited to create the final dance.

Artistic directors for Wideman/Davis Dance, Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, both instructors at the USC Dance Program, will direct the late program. Of “Balance,” Davis says it connects the plight of the homeless to the lives of those more fortunate.

“The ‘balance’ in the title of our piece refers to the balancing act we all have to do to avoid homelessness,” he said.

Also on the program is the original Wideman/Davis work, “Rock and My Soul,” a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

As with all of their societal-themed performances, Wideman/Davis will hold a discussion afterwards. “Balance” is sponsored in part by the USC Arts Institute.

For more information on the dance showcase, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or via e-mail bushk@mailbox.sc.edu.

USC Dance Company shows

  • What: Two shows, one by student and guest choreographers, one by Wideman/Davis Dance
  • When: Dec. 1 - 4, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively
  • Where: Drayton Hall theater.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/24/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/24/09 @ 5:02 PM | Permalink