From imaginative new work to the reconstruction of a classic, Franklin & Marshall College students and faculty members are preparing to deliver energy and elegance to audiences in the Roschel Performing Arts Center this weekend.
F&M's annual Fall Dance Concert hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Roschel's Schnader Theatre. Featuring the student-run F&M Dance Company in works by faculty members and guest choreographers, the concert will also be performed Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7.50 for College employees and $10 for adults, and may be purchased through F&M's box office or by calling 717-358-4858.
A wide range of styles highlight the concert, which includes a reconstruction of "Celebration," a 1934 production by 20th-century American choreographer Martha Graham. The performance also features modern works by F&M alumnus Maungsai Somboon '04 and guest choreographer Tracey Davis; an African dance by Lancaster artist Sonya Mann-McFarlane; and pieces choreographed by F&M Assistant Professor of Dance Pamela Vail, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jennifer Conley, and Adjunct Instructor of Dance Elba Hevia y Vaca. Lynn Brooks, F&M's Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and Dance, is the concert's artistic director.
Vail said she is excited about the variety of styles and creative voices in the concert. She has especially enjoyed working with more than 50 student dancers and numerous other students behind the scenes to bring the production to life.
"Collaborating with students to produce a concert like this is always rewarding," Vail said. "It's exciting to see their growth as dancers and performers over the course of the semester. The part they play in this kind of production is crucial, from the beginning of the creative process to the final performance. They are truly collaborators, not simply doing what they're told, but bringing their own ideas and choices to the process."
The concert is an opportunity for students to develop their creativity and see the results of their hard work, Vail said.
"It is truly a learning process, for all of us, each time," Vail said. "We learn from each other and we expand our range of possibility in artistic expression. And then we get to share it."
The Fall Dance Concert is sponsored by F&M's Department of Theatre, Dance & Film.