November 10, 2016
The program includes work by the following artists:
Joy French, professional guest artist in modern dance, brings her signature style of theatricality and full-bodied virtuosity with a new piece titled The Lists. French choreographed this piece as a tribute to the ongoing to-do lists of busy, multi-tasking American lives. The dancers struggle with internal and external pressures as their lists manifest on clipboards which lead them, cage them, and inspire dynamic and honest dancing.
French is a dancer, choreographer, videographer and producer. She received her master’s degree in dance performance and choreography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. French is on the faculty at the University of Montana and is the founder and co-director of Bare Bait Dance, a professional modern dance company in residence at the university.
Lindsay Pierce is a choreographer, performer and educator based in Denver, Col. La Folia is a new contemporary ballet quartet set to early music in the folia form. La Folia translates to “folly, madness, or foolishness,” and the dancers embody the spirit of the music through the contrasts of intricate small gestures with exuberant traveling movement.
Pierce has performed, taught, and created original work for many universities, dance schools and studios around the country. She has taught at Colorado State University, Ballet Tennessee, the Georgia Ballet, and was in residence as a choreographer at Baylor School and Middle Tennessee State University. She has also taught dance classes for the University of Colorado at Boulder, Slippery Rock University.
Ursinus lecturer Melissa Chisena has choreographed a new work titled The Matrix. The piece is driven by structure and time created through an original score by Philadelphia-based musician and composer, Jonathan Cannon. In The Matrix, the dancers experience an inward struggle between extreme uniformity and uninhibited individuality within themselves and the movement.
Jane Sutton ’17 is a senior dance and media and communications major. Her new piece, Reticent, explores how individuals silence our inner selves to accommodate social norms. Ten dancers create a world of unexpected moments that arise from within a choreographic structure inspired by Sutton’s personal experiences.
James Daring ’18, Jeniece Butts ’20 and Angela Bey ’19 have created an interdisciplinary piece using dance and spoken word. Inspired by the concept of time, each performer articulates their own unique style as three expressive voices come together to create a whole.
The show runs Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors, students and Ursinus faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at ursinus.edu/tickets and they will be available for cash only at the Box Office before the show.