Vol. 17, No. 6 November 2, 2000 Issue

WSU to present annual Kansas Dance Festival

Faculty and students from Wichita State University and seven other universities will fill the stage with a collage of choreography and talent at the annual Kansas Dance Festival 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18, in Miller Concert Hall.

An eclectic evening of dance, the concert will highlight new works in modern, ballet and jazz dance, says C. Nicholas Johnson, WSU’s director of dance. "The evening is designed to present the diversity, variety and entertainment in a field that is broad and rich in creativity," he says.

Denise Celestin, associate professor, will choreograph a new work, "Sojourn," involving five dancers. It is set to the music of Manuel de Falla and Arthur Benjamin. "Sojourn" is an abstract ballet that seeks to capture the essence of a journey, she says.

Johnson will present a new contemporary dance, "Between the Waves," for 14 dancers set to the music of composer Thomas Newman. Using the sea as a motif, the work looks at isolation, introspection, mystery, yearning and the unconscious. The movement of the tides represents feelings evoked by bodies of water, Johnson says.

Other dance offerings this season in the series subscription are spring performances of Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita April 7-8 and a spring dance faculty choreography concert April 13-14.

Call 978-3233 for reserved tickets. Single tickets are $9 with discounts available. Series prices start at $22 with discounts available.

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