The School of Dance will present An Evening of Dance on November 13, 14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on Florida State University’s campus. For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online. The concert features the choreography of four School of Dance faculty members who have reached across campus and nations to collaborate with a variety of artists from other disciplines.
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, Montgomery Hall, Florida State University campus
*Pre-show dance and gallery in the Black Box Theatre @ 7:00 p.m.
Associate Professor Anjali Austin is a long-standing faculty member, Tallahassee native and former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her work, Parabola, tests the boundaries of pointe work. This process-oriented and collaborative work investigates elements of the human spirit in a time of uncertainty and is choreographed to Lament, the music of FSU School of Music alumnus John Callahan.
Assistant Professor Rodger Belman, new to the contemporary faculty last year, previously danced in New York for Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians as well as Twyla Tharp, Rachel Lampert, Mark Taylor and others. In An Evening of Dance, Belman will premiere a work inspired by the paintings of internationally acclaimed abstract painter, Trevor Bell, and set to an original score by composer Andy Hasenpflug. In addition to the work created for the Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre, which will include projections of Bell’s 2014 Windover series and several drawings Bell has created specifically for this dance work, this collaborative project will also include a pre-concert dance and art installation in the Black Box Theatre on the lower level of Montgomery Hall beginning at 7:00 pm. Audience members will move freely throughout this “theatre into gallery” among the dancers and eight of Bell’s colorfully vibrant and powerfully evocative paintings.
Primal Identity is being choreographed by Assistant Professor Ilana Goldman, new to the ballet faculty last year. Goldman came to FSU after dancing professionally with Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and with the Trey McIntyre Project. Primal Identity is a study in contrasts, drawing inspiration from the Tao Te Ching and exploring the dualities of effort and ease, agitation and patience, resistance and acceptance, violence and peace and the individual and community. This idea of polarity is exemplified by the choice of music: the fast, percussive and discordant 5th movement of Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4 and the slow, sustained, melancholic 1st movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, which will both be played live by FSU School of Music faculty members. Evening of Dance will also feature the southeastern premier of Goldman’s dance film, Convergence. Created in collaboration with Legacy Fellow, Gabriel Williams, the film features original music composed by FSU Dance faculty musician, Dan Smith.
Loren Davidson (School of Dance MFA 2012), visiting Assistant Professor, has performed with Dance Repertory Theatre as well as Ellis Wood Dance in New York, touring nationally and internationally. Davidson is working with eleven dancers to investigate desire, fear and observation. These ideas will inform physically demanding and emotionally charged movement states that will create an environment of shared understanding. The sound score will combine a mix of layered and edited contemporary music as well as poetry from the eccentric 70’s artist, Captain Beefheart.
Tickets for An Evening of Dance performances are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $12 for children and non-FSU students and $10 for FSU students with ID. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online.
The Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre is located in Montgomery Hall. Montgomery Hall is on the west side of Landis Green.