Choreography of Sac State faculty featured in ‘Dance Sites 2012′
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The innovative choreography of the Sacramento State University Department of Theatre and Dance faculty combine with the high-energy talents of their students in "Dance Sites 2012," a dance concert in performance at the University Theatre 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18; 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20; and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.
"Our exciting annual dance concert on the university main stage represents an array of different points of view on the art form of dance and perspectives from contemporary modern to Mexican folkloric," writes Sac State Department of Theatre and Dance Vice Chairwoman and "Dance Sites 2012" director Lorelei Bayne Yacur. "We are honored to present the work of our guest choreographer and visiting scholar Lori Bryhni, who has received national accolades for her complex and heartfelt choreography."
Bryhni is an instructor at Modesto Junior College. The other six contributing choregraphers are: Sac State faculty members Philip Flickinger; Dr. Linda Goodrich; Osvaldo Ramirez; Lisa Ross Nelson; Nolan T’Sani; and Yacur.
Yacur’s piece, "Ordinary Woman," was inspired by Marge Piercy’s poem “The Woman in the Ordinary,” and features a quintet of female dancers (ostensibly birds in a gilded cage) who are lavishly attired in eye-catching hoop skirts but cloistered behind a row of "bars."
“I was looking at women’s issues, thinking about how to make a metaphorical statement about the dual nature of being a woman, being strong versus submissive,” Bayne is quoted as saying on the Sac State website.
Among the dancers featured in Bayne’s segment is Carmen Kuykendall, who said that audiences shouldn’t expect every number to be so dramatic or metaphorical in nature. “There are things that everyone’s going to be wowed by,” Kuykendall said. “There are people flying off of chairs, crazy costumes, tons of music – something for everyone.”
Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances cost $5 (children under 12) and $8 (general, students and seniors). Other performances cost $12 (general), $10 (students and seniors), and $8 (children). For tickets, call the University Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.