Penn State dancers celebrate National Dance Week with local show

Penn State dancers will combine forces to present the University and State College communities with a production filled with talent and emotion in this year’s spring show, “Illuminated Shadows,” on May 1.

Friday May 1 marks the end of National Dance Week and in celebration Penn State Dance Program is lighting up the shadows with featured works by the Choreographic Projects Class, University Dance Company, Dancers Rep Project, Senior Dance Projects and ETCH Dance Company.

“Illuminated Shadows” will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the State College High South Auditorium and will be followed by a reception with complimentary food and an awards ceremony.  Tickets are $2 for student admission and $4 for the general public.

Penn State Dance is calling all artists to attend. With unique music and powerful movement, it is a show that every creator of art can appreciate. With modern dance, contemporary ballet, contact-improv, and jazz, the works in “Illuminated Shadows” display an in-depth connection of universal human emotion. The choreographers will express experiences of hope, peace, loss, despair and the urge to share what we create.

“Illuminated Shadows” will be the première for many newly created pieces. Some students will be presenting choreographic work for the first time alongside of the seasoned performances of ETCH Dance Company and University Dance Company. For some of the dancers, this will be their last performance at Penn State as they get ready to graduate the following week. Many of these pieces have been in rehearsal since Fall 2008.

When asking one of the dancers to comment on the show, Brittany Confer said, “My dad always tells me that life is like a pendulum swinging from extreme tragedy to ultimate joy. When I read the line up for our show that’s what came to mind. We have both extremes and everything in between.”

For more information on “Illuminated Shadows”, contact Brittany Confer at (814) 244-0653.  For more information on the Penn State dance program, contact Elisha Clark Halpin at (814) 308-3989.

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Last Updated April 28, 2009