This year, the WSU Dance Ensemble is back on stage, unmasked with a live audience. Audiences will have the opportunity to see the dancers shine in a variety of stunning choreographic works that are sure to stir your spirit. The company will share two early works and dynamic pieces by WSU faculty and renowned guest choreographers Kiki Lucas, Elizabeth Ramsey and Erin Robbins. The company will once again feature Dayton Ballet II and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II.
The first guest choreographer, internationally renowned, Kiki Lucas, was resident choreographer and member of the Met Dance Co. in Houston TX as well as Mosaic Dance Project in Miami, FL. Her choreography has been performed twice at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage, Kennedy Center, Met Dance Co, Towson University, Marygrove College, Point Park University, University of Central Oklahoma, at the Grier School and James Madison University to name a few. Kiki enjoys teaching nationally and internationally and has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for being a powerful force in the independent teaching world. Our second guest is the regional choreographer, Erin Robbins, who recreated a beautiful work on the dancers of WSUDE. Finally, Elizabeth Ramsey, BFA in Dance from Wright State, returns to WSU as the third guest choreographer. Liz is in her sixth season as a dance artist with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and most recently was named resident choreographer at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Spring Dance Concert provides a unique opportunity to enjoy three wonderful dance companies WSUDE, Dayton Ballet II and Dayton Contemporary 2, showcasing the vibrant and diverse dance community in our regions. Dance fills the heart with joy and expresses emotions that we cannot put into words. Our students receive rigorous training and individual attention allowing them to push the boundaries of dance. Go out and enjoy every step!
The choreographic works include…
Exits, choreographed by Teressa Wylie McWilliams… “Exits are ubiquitous, involving layered decisions and choices to move forward, move laterally and change direction. This work dynamically explores the idea of exits through the prism of movement, tracing the simplicity and complexity of outings and the unexpected paths and interactions they reveal. Designed to the edgy score of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. This will be Professor McWilliams’ last concert as a faculty member of the Wright State University She will retire at the end of this academic year.
What My Bones Remember, premiere, choreographed by Gina Gardner Walther…Although trauma takes time to heal, the human carrying capacity is like bamboo – much more flexible than you think, Jodi Picoult. If something is broken, pick up the pieces and make art. With music by David Jaconello and Alex Weston, this piece is performed by 11 dancers who demonstrate tremendous grace, strength and resilience.”
Ricochet, choreographed by guest artist Kiki Lucas… “It was an enjoyable journey revisiting two of my past works and making one that embodies not just the revolution in creation but the revolution in relationships. The trials and tribulations that bind us in love are an ever-changing reflection of who we were and what we are becoming What we choose to reconnect with or turn away from is a constant juggling of emotions, lessons and endless curiosity .
Esprit, choreographed by Erin Long-Robbins… “a playful and fiery ballet that celebrates the joys of youth, movement, friendship and the spiritual bonds between individuals.”
My Beloved, Premiere, choreographed by WSU alumnus Elizabeth Ramsey…. “My goal for this work was to take an intimate look at unhealthy, codependent connections, and the feeling of getting lost inside that.
Additional guest works from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and Dayton Ballet II!
Thursday, April 21, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – (WSU students free with ID, this performance only)
Friday, April 22, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday April 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday April 24, 2022, 2 p.m.
Adults/15$, Seniors/10$, Students/5$
Box office: 937.775.2500 or www.wright.edu/tdmp