IC Theatre Produces Original Work in "Dance: No Translation Needed"

03/20/2008

Contributed by Susan Monagan

Ithaca College Theatre presents its quadrennial dance concert, "Dance: No Translation Needed," featuring original work by Department of Theatre Arts dance faculty. Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on March 25, 27, 28, 29, and at 2:00 p.m. on March 29 and 30.

Tickets for the dance concert can be purchased at all Ticket Center outlets, including the ticket office in Dillingham Center. Ticket prices range from $4.50 to $10.00. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 607-274-3796. For more information call 607-274-3224, 607-273-4497, or visit www.ithaca.edu/theatre.

In "Dance: No Translation Needed," a cast of 40 students tells six unique stories through the language and traditions of jazz, ballet, modern, and tap. "Five’ll Get You Jive," choreographed by Mary Corsaro, travels back to the 1940s to bring the fun of big band music to life. Emotions cascade through the art of ballet in "Between the Two Falls," choreographed by Amy Walker O'Brien. Current political themes, set to the music of James Bond films, run through "Wiretap," choreographed by Elizabeth Livesay. Lindsay Gilmour choreographs "Nothing But the Sky" to tell the stories of Tibetan political prisoners. "The Hummingbird and the Butterfly," a playful dialog between two distinct styles of dance, is choreographed and danced by faculty members Gilmour and O'Brien. Lindsay Gilmour returns to dance her piece, "The Northwest Wind in a Petticoat," using the scenic and costume elements of artist Marcie Farwell.

"Dance: No Translation Needed," gives design students in the theatrical production arts program the opportunity to experiment with the particular challenges of theatrical design in a dance context. Students Allison Gentry, Kelly McCaffrey, Melissa Shippers, Kelly Syring, Teresa Sears, and Sara Watson designed costumes, lighting, sound, and scenery for this production.

A nationally recognized professional theatrical training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Through Ithaca College Theatre and the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been a cultural resource for Tompkins County and the region for more than 70 years.

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