|Cal Poly Pomona dancers rehearse for the Winter Quarter 2005 dance concert on Feb. 3 and 4 in the University Theatre.|
|The student/faculty dance concert will take the audience on a gradual journey, exploring light/dark themes with lighting and costume design reinforcing the concept.|
The university's Institute of New Dance and Cultures presents its Winter 2005 student/faculty dance concert, “Light Shifting to Darkness,” on Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.
The dance concert will feature pieces such as “A Walk in the Park” performed to “Happy Phantom” by Tori Amos; “Innermost Secrets” performed to the “Matrix” soundtrack; “Bound by Shadows” performed to “Away from Me” by Evanescence; and “Eternal Return” performed to “Dance No. 5” by Philip Glass. Other performance titles include “Saccharine Daydreams,” “Don't Try to Fix Me, I'm Not Broken!” and “Longing for Darkness.”
The finale will be “Emblem,” a dance inspired by the current political climate that will be performed to Jimi Hendrix's electric guitar rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
“The Bald Eagle has been the emblem of the United States of America since 1782 because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. The eagle has come to represent freedom as it has free access to boundless space in the valleys and skies,” says Shyamala Moorty, dance choreographer. “Aptly, the eagle is also a predator and survives by killing smaller, more helpless animals. It soars into the boundless space of the future leaving a trail of carcasses behind.”
“I believe the concept of the eagle is actually accurate to what the U.S. is (though not what we say we are),” she says. “Do we, like the eagle, need to prey to survive in this uncertain world? Is the only way we can exist at expense of other countries?”
The student/faculty dance concert will take the audience on a gradual journey, exploring light/dark themes with lighting and costume design reinforcing the concept, according to Gayle Fekete, director of the Institute of New Dance and Cultures.
“The concert varies in movement styles and supports individualistic creative process — many voices, many perspectives,” says Fekete.
The concept for this concert emerged from a mentoring process in a choreography class that Fekete taught in Fall Quarter 2004.
“It occurred to me that students were working in a range of concepts of light and darkness, whether that meant physically, emotionally, literally or conceptually,” she says.
“As artistic director, I chose to sequence the choreographies to reflect a gradual shifting from light to darkness some of the references to the concept are literal, others are more subtle and some overlap in the exploration,” Fekete adds.
Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors, faculty, staff and students with identification.
For more information, call (909) 869-4709.