Dance concert to feature original works
Published: Nov. 4, 2013
The Senior Dance Concert at Stephens College this year will not only feature original choreography, it will also showcase entirely new music composed by University of Missouri students.
“The community doesn’t want to miss this,” LeeAnn Davis ’14 said. “It’s the first time we’re going to have all new choreography and compositions—all original works in one place.”
The Senior Dance Concert will be held 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 17. The concert will take place in the Macklanburg Playhouse, providing a full orchestra experience. Get ticket information.
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. Stephens' School of Performing Arts offers dance among its academic offerings, while the MU School of Music seeks to position itself as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music by offering an array of programs through the Mizzou New Music Initiative, a project supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.
“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.”