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Original Music and Movement Light Up Ithaca College Theatre's Dance Show 'Illuminated Bodies'

 ITHACA, NY— Ithaca College Theatre will present an original dance show, “Illuminated Bodies,” on Dec. 6, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center.

Ticket prices for “Illuminated Bodies” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons and the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit www.ithacaevents.com. Visit www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/theatre/mainstage/ for further ticketing information, including group sales. Also, follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ICTheatreArts and Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ICTheatreArts.

Performed every four years, Ithaca College Theatre’s dance show lights up the stage with four original dance pieces. Assistant professor of theatre arts Lindsay Gilmour has choreographed “Ahhhhh,” a modern meditation on movement and its interaction with the five senses, and “Arriving,” a duet inspired by bird migration. Dance instructor Amy Walker O’Brien has created two ballet pieces, “Momentum,” an intersection of sculpture and energy, and “Once upon a Time,” a glimpse at what might happen at the circus after the audience has gone home. These pieces flow smoothly into one another, encouraging the audience to revel in the wonders of everyday life.

“Illuminated Bodies” includes live and prerecorded music composed by Chris Seeds, Keir Neuringer and Ithaca College students Lucas Ashby ’13 and Grant Carey ’13. Carey was approached for the project having composed music for a piece O’Brien created for the Locally Grown Dance Festival. This fall, he has been creating and arranging the pieces during dance rehearsals, creating an intimate relationship between music and movement.

“The music is made for this purpose,” Carey said. “I write for the movement, but the dancers are also involved -- improvising and creating a unique, exciting and live piece.” 

Dancers will share the stage with musicians (piano, cello, clarinet and flute) during the performances of the two ballet pieces. Ashby composed the music that he will be playing live onstage during “Arriving.”

The production staff includes set and costume design by Lawrence Moten’12, lighting design by Kay Boshart ’12, sound design by Alex Dietz-Kest ’14, and technical direction by associate professor of theatre arts Colin Stewart and scene shop supervisor Johnny Kontogiannis. The production stage manager is Genevieve Kersh ’11, and the stage manager is Paula Clarkson ’13. The dramaturgs are Kristen Joyce ’13 and Ben Shipley ’13.

A nationally recognized professional theater-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model.

Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.



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