USC Dance Company Fall Concert
Location: Koger Center for the Arts
Tickets: Students: $15 | USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors (60+): $20 | General Public: $22
Show times: 7:30 pm nightly
Included in the repertory are:
- George Balanchine’s joyous ballet Walpurgisnacht, staged by university ballet instructor Stacey Calvert, a former New York City Ballet soloist;
- Black Gazing, a stirring work by Assistant Professor Thaddeus Davis set to the music of Nina Simone;
- Suite of Old American Dances, choreographed by UofSC jazz dance instructor Heather Stokes, which will feature early American dance styles such as ragtime, the cake walk, and the schottische; and,
- a tribute to the influential choreography of Martha Graham by guest artist Miriam Barbosa, who performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1991 to 2001.
Suite of Old American Dances will be accompanied by the USC Symphonic Winds ensemble (directed by Cormac Cannon), who will perform on stage with the dancers. Set to Robert Russell Bennett’s 1949 concert band work of the same title, the piece is a joyous celebration of the 1920s which highlights popular dances of the era. Stokes’ original choreography stays faithful to the classic styles represented by the music, while adding an engaging narrative thread involving a whimsical night on the town that evolves into a romantic interlude between two strangers.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance