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Dance Theatre Program Presents Fall Concert Nov. 17 - 20.

The Old Dominion University dance theatre program presents its annual fall concert Nov. 17 - 20. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, at the University Theatre, located on Hampton Boulevard between 46th and 47th streets.

The concert will include ballet, modern and jazz dance choreography by ODU faculty members Megan Thompson, Amanda Kinzer, Marilyn Marloff, Joni Petre-Scholz, Jessica Page, Rachel Thorne Germond, Ashley Whitlinger, and special guest choreographer Li Chiao-Ping. The dances, which range in mood and style from whimsical to thought-provoking, will be performed by ODU dance students and faculty.

The playful and energetic "Push-Pull," designed by ODU dance program director Amanda Kinzer, will begin the program. "Bounds," an intense modern dance group that addresses psychological boundaries created by faculty member Marilyn Marloff, will follow.

In Megan Thompson's modern dance premiere "Lead," dancers guide each other through a variety of obstacles, shifting roles until it is impossible to determine who is a leader and who is being led. Thompson, who is also a faculty member, will perform a solo entitled "La Boîte," choreographed by renowned choreographer Li Chiao-Ping. In this piece, she interacts with a mysterious silver box, eventually turning on its tiny top like a music box ballerina.

Rachel Thorne Germond, recently joined the ODU as adjunct dance faculty, will present an excerpt from her 2010 opus "A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far." The show, which premiered in Chicago this May, is inspired poem by American feminist-activist Adrienne Rich. In this work, Germond creates a drama reminiscent of childhood memories.

Guest artist and adjunct faculty member Joni Petre-Scholz contributes "inCline," a whimsical walk down memory lane with vocals by Patsy Cline. This contemporary ballet, set on a large cast of dancers, is a throwback to a bygone time. Jessica Page, adjunct faculty and guest artist, presents a new jazz dance that explores the joy of living in the moment, the regret over mistakes made, and addresses the question 'What happens next?"

A contemporary ballet choreographed by Ashley Whitlinger, guest artist and adjunct faculty, along with selected student works, will complete the program.

Tickets, $10 for students and $12 for general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, by calling 683-5305, online at oduartstix.com, or at the door. For more information about the concert call 683-3002 or 683-4354.

This article was posted on: October 27, 2010

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