Dance concert to feature premiere works
Published: Nov. 13, 2013
This weekend, students from Stephens College and the University of Missouri will debut six entirely new dance and musical creations at the Senior Dance Concert.
Composers in MU’s School of Music and choreographers in the Stephens dance program have spent months working together to create the sounds and movements that will be showcased at the concert. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. The concert will take place in the Macklanburg Playhouse, and the concert will be the first time Stephens dancers have performed with live music. Get ticket information.
“You’re getting six world premieres—really, 12, if you count the choreography,” said Benedetto Colagiovanni, a sophomore studying music at MU. “So six musical world premieres and six dance world premieres. I can’t think of anywhere else that’s ever happened, and it’s happening right here in Columbia, Mo."
Dr. William Lackey, assistant teaching professor in MU’s School of Music, and Carol Estey, artistic director for dance at Stephens, discussed the collaboration partnership earlier this year and decided it was a perfect match.
“We really didn’t know what form it would take, but this is a great opportunity to meet with other young artists and collaborate,” Lackey said.
Composers and senior dancers paired up this summer and have spent the semester working together to create the sounds and movements that will make up the concert.
Stephanie Reynolds ’14 said she sent her composer words she wanted the music to reflect. Together, they adjusted timing, volume and other details as needed.
“This is a really great experience,” Reynolds said, noting that this type of collaboration is typically cost prohibitive. “We’re lucky to have this opportunity.”
Even professionals don’t often get the chance to work with composers, Estey said.
"Choreographers do not frequently get to choreograph to new music, and they rarely get to perform to live music,” she said. “Everything about this is a more sophisticated opportunity.”
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