Dance House kicks off Sacramento State's season of dance concerts with performances at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 29-30; 8 p.m., Oct. 1 & 2; and 2 p.m. Oct. 2 & 3, in Solano Hall 1010 on the campus at 6000 J Street.
Directed by Professors Lorelei Bayne and Randee Paufve, the concert features student choreographers from the Sacramento State Choreography Collective leading about 40 dancers through their paces.
The collective is a group of student choreographers selected to audition dancers and rehearse numbers over the summer, Bayne says. "Dance House serves as an opportunity for emerging choreographers to show their work in a professional environment."
Danielle Massaglia, a junior, is choreographing five dancers in "The Journey," a contemporary and modern dance interpretation of Celtic tarot cards.
This is the first time Massaglia has designed a dance piece at Sac State and she's using new age music to tell the story.
"It's been really enjoyable," she says of the experience. "I have amazing dancers and they've made the process super easy."
Matt Talaugon, who is in his third year, is guiding four women through a presentation tentatively titled "XX Chromosomes," a look at the societal pressure women face to conform to certain ideals.
Talaugon was inspired by how his female friends feel about their roles in society. The most challenging aspect was working with dancers in high heels. "I don't know what it's like to wear a dress or heels," he says. "It's kind of hard choreographing for that."
Admission to the 6:30 performances are $5 for children under 12, and $8 for students and general admission. All other performances are $8 for children, $10 for students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Tickets are available at the University Ticket office, (916) 278-4323 or www.tickets.com.
For more information, visit www.csus.edu/dram or call (916) 278-3569. For media assistance, call Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.