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10/23/2008

Winthrop Dance Theatre to Include New Aerial Dance Piece

Quick Facts

 Winthrop Dance Theatre will feature eight student-performed original dance pieces.
 The performance runs Nov. 5-9.

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Dance majors Brittany Rose, from left, Stephanie Shannon
and Ashton Waldron will perform.
ROCK HILL, S.C. - In November, the Department of Theatre and Dance will give new meaning to the phrase “lighter than air.”

This year’s Winthrop Dance Theatre will include “Luminescent Suspension,” an aerial piece that features dance students fluttering, flying and floating in the air. Produced by Theatre and Dance faculty and guest artists, the performance will run Nov. 5-8 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Theatre.

Winthrop Dance Theatre will feature eight student-performed original dance pieces, including works choreographed by Christian Von Howard, a guest artist from New York City, and adjunct dance faculty member Caroline Calouche. Faculty choreographers include Meg Griffin, Stephanie Milling, Stacey McConnell, Bethany Tuffy, Mary Martin and Mary Beth Young, artistic director.

The cast of performers features 30 theatre and dance students. Also involved in the performance are Theatre and Dance faculty members Janet Gray, costume designer, and Anna Sartin, lighting designer, and Randy Snight, stage manager, of Silver Spring, Md.

“Luminescent Suspension” will be a welcome addition to the annual performance, according to Young, who worked with Theatre and Dance Technical Director Biff Edge to create the “dynamic and mesmerizing” aerial piece using suspension cables and on-stage platforms.

“It is a dance unlike any other that has ever been performed at Winthrop,” Young said, adding that aerial dance is “one of the newest theatrical dance venues.”

Reservations are required, and tickets are $8 with Winthrop I.D. or $15 for the general public. Call 803/323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu to reserve seats.

For performance information, contact Young at 803/323-2535 or e-mail thompsonm@winthrop.edu.

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