May 4, 2007

Sacramento State students dance Without Boundaries

Photo: Tony Tung Nguyen and Kuang-Hui Coco Wong rehearse for this year’s Senior Dance Concert, Without Boundaries.
Tony Tung Nguyen and Kuang-Hui Coco Wong rehearse for this year’s Senior Dance Concert, Without Boundaries.

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Without Boundaries, this year’s edition of Sacramento State’s Senior Dance Concert, will feature an exciting, athletic mix of new choreographic styles.

The concert premieres at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, at Dancespace, Solano Hall, Room 1010 and runs on selected days through May 20. For more information on times and prices, call the Sacramento Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or visit www.tickets.com.

The May 16 performance will include a question-and-answer session with the artists immediately after the concert.

Directed by theatre and dance Professor Lorelei Bayne, Without Boundaries features the works of eight students: Melinda Grefaldia, Jennifer Kok, Serena Luzod, Gino Platina, Tiffany Settle, Amanda Stevens, Gina Talcott and Robyn Gee.

The Senior Dance Concert is the students’ final project.

Each student designs an eight-minute performance, covering all aspects of the presentation such as lighting, costuming, and publicity. The piece is then danced by performers selected from an open audition of 60 to 70 dancers, said Platina.

At age 36, Platina is the oldest choreographer involved with the concert. He already had a lengthy career in dance and choreography before joining the Sacramento State program four years ago.

The concert represents a new challenge for Platina. He usually uses choreography to further the story of a musical. “But for this you had to create your own inner story and that was more difficult,” Platina said, adding his number features music by Missy Higgins and Martha Wash.

His involvement in dance came through a circuitous route and he has used his history as inspiration for the concert. Platina attended a Christian school that prohibited dancing, and that part of his life is reflected in his number’s first half, which is dark and somber. After high school, Platina followed a girl he was dating into a drama club production. The director, an ex-Las Vegas dancer, recognized Platina’s talent and encouraged him to further pursue dancing. Since then he has danced and choreographed musicals, winning a Sacramento Elly Award in 2003 for his work on “The Wiz,” and capturing first in the local Dancing with the Stars ballroom championship.

“I kind of got thrown into the whole dance thing. It just started coming naturally,” Platina said.

This later part of Platina’s life is reflected in the second half of his piece, which features freer dance movements.

Other music featured in Without Boundaries, includes works by Imogen Heap, Dido, DJ Krist, Shpongle, Kevin Macleod, Jamiroquai and James Bond theme songs.

Other 6:30 performances will be held May 10, 16, and 17. Performances also will be held at 8 p.m. on May 11, 12, 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. on May 13 and 20.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors, students and children. The 6:30 performances are specially priced at $8 general admission and $5 for seniors, students and children.

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

For more information, call (916) 278-4323 or visit www.tickets.com.

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