Dance Concert Puts 'Moving Portraits' on Display

"All of the pieces are telling some kind of story about someone," said dance program director Heather Vaughan-Southard of "Moving Portraits," Albion College's 2008-09 Dance concert. Performances take place November 20-22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., all in the College's Herrick Theatre.

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According to Vaughan-Southard, choosing a concert theme "was a way to get students to think about concert dance in terms of content. "Beyond choreographic intent, each dance has a story being told or implied," she explained, "or a more serious investigation of movement."

The concert will include several student-choreographed self-portraits, along with pieces developed by Vaughan-Southard on Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the Bronte sisters. Community children working with Albion College student Whitney Voss will participate in a Vaughan-Southard creation on the creativity of Wynton Marsalis.

Other highlights include a dance by alumnus Kristy Clement, '07 and guest artist Rodney Brown, a member of Oakland University's dance faculty and founder of the Brown Dance Project. Brown's piece, "a thousand kites," illustrates the commitment to be with someone to the absolute last minutes of their life. "It's pretty heavy, but a beautiful, beautiful work," commented Southard.

Tickets for "Moving Portraits" are $4 general, $3 for students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Albion College Theatre and Dance at 571-629-0344 or .