W&L Dancers Create Varied Show

The Washington and Lee Repertory Dance Company will perform “W&L Dancers Create….” in the Lenfest Center for the Arts this weekend.

Performances will be Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.

Presented by the Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies, the evening concert, under the artistic direction of professor Jenefer Davies, will be comprised of work choreographed, designed and performed by students.

With a broad range of thematic concepts represented, the eclectic nature of the performance offers a spectrum of ideas, designs and movement styles. With a modern take on “The Four Seasons,” Carissa Margraf and Runa King dive deep into kaleidoscopic stage patterns and expressive, volatile movement in the first two suites, “Summer” and “Fall.” This work-in-progress will culminate next fall including all four sections.

Mary Pace Lewis pays homage to Bob Fossie’s choreography style with her sleek, long, crisp lines and articulated movement in “Mercurial.”

Thematically linked to diversions, Ashley Shugart’s “Exhale,” is a fast paced work that delights the eye with constant transitions, powerful movement and intricate group formations.

Irina Kovena and David Galvez explored salsa and tango styles to create “Soltera.”

During the semester, two guest artists visited the campus, taught master classes and set new works on students. Mauri Connors, multidisciplinary performance artist and choreographer, created a new work, “Encounter for Routine Examination with a Finding of a Lack of Ambulation,” a piece that mimics and mines movement inspiration from tiny fish in ponds. Gabby Tull, MFA graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teacher and professional choreographer, explores pain and anguish through her quartet, “Detatched.”

Students under the direction of lighting designer and professor Shawn Paul Evans are designing each of the six dances. Designers include Madeleine Geno, Abby Nason, Olivia Finby, Davis Waldrop and Phil Davis.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 458-8000 or going online https:// www.wlu.edu/lenfest-center/wandl-dancers-create @ WLUDance.

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