Danstage 2012 continues this weekend with groundbreaking new collaborations. Along with faculty-choreographed premieres, this year’s program is infused with guest influences from unexpected places.
Photos by Robert Rosen.
Joan Karlen, Dance Program Coordinator and Director of Danstage, recognized that many seemingly unrelated programs at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point do indeed have a lot in common. Beyond that, she says, they have the ability to build with each other to realize new levels of performance.
“This is branching in a whole new direction for us,” Karlen said. “We’ve had music collaborations, interactive media collaborations, set design collaborations… but branching into the sciences and math is an exciting new area for the dance program.”
This year’s Danstage brings in the creative work of UWSP Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Diane Hawkins, guest artist Luc Vanier of UW – Milwaukee, UWSP Percussion Ensemble Director Sean Connors, and Cindy McCabe, Chair of the UWSP Department of Mathematical Sciences.
In Associate Professor of Dance Jeannie Hill’s piece “The Sum is Greater,” six members of the UWSP Women’s Basketball Team perform choreographed basketball plays on stage. According to Karlen, Hill was “very impressed” by the suppleness of the players’ skills.
Other performances include “Inhabitants of Tall Grass” and “Homeland” by Associate Professor Michael Estanich, “Round the Corner” by Joan Karlen, and “Triptych” by Luc Vanier.
Estanich notes that Danstage brings out the best in dancers, allowing their motion to speak volumes about human connectedness, both with each other and the natural forms around them.
“I noticed that it is through their articulate, passionate dancing that the range of work presented in this concert has a real sense of unity,” Estanich said.
With 43 dancers, a percussion ensemble, and guest basketball players, Danstage 2012 features a full stage of performers at the top of their game. Performances are held at Jenkins Theatre in the UWSP NFAC this Wednesday through Friday, May 9-11, at 7:30 P.M. Student tickets are $4.50 in advance, and free the day of the performance.