The College of Wooster presents Fall Dance Concert Nov. 17-19

Wooster Theatre and Dance

The College of Wooster’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present its Fall Dance Concert Nov. 17, 18, and 19 in the Freedlander Theatre (329 E. College Avenue) at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Emily Baird, assistant professor of theatre and dance, the Fall Dance Concert features 10 pieces, each based on a distinct concept and artistic style. Some of these concepts include tarot and celestial bodies, the idea of parallel worlds, and self-knowledge and identity. Students choreographed each piece and designed the lighting and costumes. Theatre and dance majors and non-majors involved in the program will perform in each piece and serve as stage managers. The pieces will be performed “in-the-round,” with the stage surrounded by the audience, for an intimate audience experience.

“The Fall Dance Concert provides an opportunity for audiences to come face-to-face with modern dance,” said Baird. “I like to think that this reminds audience members that modern dance doesn’t have to be intimidating or mysterious. On the contrary, it can be really accessible.”

Student choreographers include Liv Mourning ’22, Dantong (Bee) Bi ’23, Katie Spence ’23, Katie Shelmidine ’23, Sarah Snider ’23, Gracie Shreve ’23, Abby Aitken ’24, Aliza Sosin ’25, Julian Grimes ’25, Co Clark ’25, and Josie Fleishcel ’26. The stage management team includes Claire Alderfer ’24, Morgan Hunter ’25, and Natalie Pickens ’26.

For choreographer Bee Bi, this concert also serves as part of her Independent Study project. Bi, a senior majoring in theatre and dance and economics, studies the impact of various economic factors on what forms of dance are performed for the public. Her dance piece focuses on her own experiences as a dancer and choreographer during major economic changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This concert is free and open to the public, but audiences are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance. The box office will open Nov. 14. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit the box office in Freedlander Theatre, call 330-263-2241, or visit wooster.edu/tickets.

Posted in News on November 2, 2022.