June 16, 2004

What Price Liberty? to be Scholl’s swan song

Photo: Dancers Kimberly Rowlett, left, and Haley Bone
Dancers Kimberly Rowlett, left, and Haley Bone

Dale Scholl Dance/Art will present a reprise of its hit 2003 season-opener What Price Liberty? in what will be its last show under the direction of retiring California State University, Sacramento professor Dale Scholl. The performances start at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 15 in the University Theatre and continue at 8 p.m. on July 16 and 17.

Scholl will be leaving the university after 27 years of service as a professor of dance, choreographer and, since 1982, director of the dance company that bears her name.

What Price Liberty? is part of the CSUS Showcase, a compelling series of campuswide exhibits, performances, concerts, lectures and displays to complement the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the University
July 9 to 18.

The show springs from the minds of five choreographers inspired by the songs, poetry, letters and speeches of the Civil War, the World Wars and the Vietnam War. Choreographers Joseph Candelaria, Lisa Ross, Dale Scholl, Nolan T’Sani and Eric Vianelle paint the stage with music and movement in a commentary on the emotional and psychological costs of war.

The evening opens with T’Sani’s “Sad and Lonely Weeping,” a series of dances set to popular tunes from the Civil War. Candelaria’s “‘Til The Boys Come Home” follows, its dancers backed by music from World War I with Bela Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 2” acting as counterpoint. Scholl’s biographic tale of her mother’s World War II romance is next. “Mission Accomplished” is set to popular music from the era, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters and “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Frank Sinatra.

The show closes with a two-part piece by Vianelle and Ross focused on America’s involvement in Vietnam. Vianelle’s “Too Late My Brother” chronicles the divisiveness at home, and is set to popular protest tunes. Ross’ “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy,” set to period rock songs, is inspired by her father’s experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.

Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, $15 for CSUS students and $8 for children 12 and younger. They are available from the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com.

For more information, call (916) 451-3732. For media assistance, contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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