Dance Downtown: Solace and Mirth

October 14, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014 to Saturday, November 15, 2014
Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 South High St.
Dancer: Asha Whitfield, Dance Downtown photo by Stephanie Matthews

Performances:

Friday, November 14, 10:30am (Young People's Concert)
Friday, November 14, 8:00pm (Performance)
Saturday, November 15, 8:00pm (Q&A with the Choreographers at 7:00pm)

Solace and Mirth is the title for this year’s Dance Downtown, the annual concert produced by the Ohio State University Department of Dance showcasing the creative research of professors and visiting artists while featuring the talents of undergraduate and graduate dance majors.  This year’s dance works are vibrant, soulful and playful, a reflection of the four inventive choreographers who make up the evening’s program.

Danish guest choreographer and street dancer Tine Salling stretches the boundaries of how urban dance can be seen on the contemporary concert stage. In The Steadfast Tinder Soldier, Salling makes commentary on loneliness and the efforts of constantly searching for love or physical connections as affected by online, social networking and internet dating. 

Guest artist and internationally renowned choreographer and author Susan Rethorst brings her smart musings on human behavior to the stage in the highly detailed, nuanced, rambunctious and slightly irreverent post modern piece New Lucy.  In this work dancers toss themselves and others about in a non-narrative series of scenes, always with a sense of something that is about to happen….or not.

Resident artist and faculty member Michael Kelly Bruce re-creates an older work, Pange Lingua (1986), for today’s audience, inspired in large part by the stunning 16th century chorale work of Josquin Des Prez drawing from older Latin hymn by Thomas Aquinas.  The large cast moves in powerful formations as well as with intimate detail, to conjure a sense of a mysterious journey to another time and place that resides within the mist.

Ann Sofie Clemmensen, resident artist originally from Denmark, creates a new work for her cast of undergraduate male and female dance majors inspired by the physicality found in outdoors games from the 1940-70s and the ever-changing imaginary world of a child.  In Name of the Game, Clemmensen explores playfulness and humor through rhythm, voice and vigorous movement phrase work.

Get tickets from The OSU Theatre Box Office, or call 614-292-2295.

Parking information at the Capitol Theatre.

Young People's Concert Study Guide [pdf]: 2014StudyGuide_YPC.pdf

Photo: Stephanie Matthews
Dancer: Asha Whitfield (BFA 2016)

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