“Dance House,” Sacramento State’s first interpretive dance concert of the fall season, reveals just how talented and versatile the University’s students are – with performers doubling as dancers and musicians, and alumni who now work in the dance field returning to the University.
Directed by Theatre and Dance Professor Lorelei Bayne, “Dance House” has performances at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8; 8 p.m. Sept. 9-10; and 2 p.m. Sept. 11 in Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. The concert features original works by students, selected alumni and special guests.
About 20 dancers take part in eight performances that offer a wide range of music styles and dance moves.
“Four emerging choreographers are doing their first fully produced pieces, which is really what this showcase is about,” Bayne says, adding that they audition the dancers, assist in producing the concert and direct their cast.
One of the pieces, choreographed by dance major Diego Campos and dance minor Shelly Yen, features live piano and violin. The musicians perform Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” and Yiruma’s “River Flows in You.” The violinist, alumna Nicole Cleveland, pulls double duty during the concert. “She’s going to play music in that piece, and she’s going to perform as a dancer in another work,” says Bayne.
Other pieces feature “Let Go” by Frou Frou, “Crystalline” by Bjork and the music of Lady Gaga.
The three special guest choreographers, all alumni, are well-known local musical theatre choreographer Gino Platina, who also works in Sacramento State’s Registrar’s Office; part-time faculty and professional dancer Leandro Glory Damasco; and local choreographer/performer/visual artist, Windy Kahana.
“The concert is also an opportunity for our dance minors to propose and produce a piece,” Bayne says.
Katherine Esau, a psychology major, is guiding three performers through the music “Evil Rising,” a mix from District 78 that has a strong emphasis on drums. “It’s about being in your own little world and controlling people and people controlling each other,” Esau says.
Journalism major Ellie Mirmazaheri has chosen Lady Gaga’s music for her piece. She was inspired by a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, who has a punk-rock, jazz style. “I decided to take that approach and mix it with Lady Gaga’s outrageous looks,” Mirmazaheri says.
Tickets for the 6:30 performances are $8 general admission, students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12 years of age. All other performances are $12 general, $10 students and seniors, and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office (916) 278-4323 or www.tickets.com.
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– Craig Koscho