Fall Dance Concert Preview

Rachel Healy, Campus Life Editor


Prepare to be dazzled. The Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Here and There,” the fall dance concert will open on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is directed by Er-Dong Hu and features pieces choreographed by students and professors, as well as visiting choreographers.


Laura Schipper ’16, one of the student directors, described the content of the concert, which includes a total of seven pieces.


“Each [piece] brings something different to the show. Some movement is extremely dynamic and others are more fluid. Some have elaborate scenery/props and projections that are designed to invoke different emotions,” Schipper said.


The show’s cast includes 28 dancers with different backgrounds. The audience can expect to see different styles of dance, from ballet to modern. There will be two musicians who will perform live music during some of the pieces, as well as a guest speaker.


“This show in particular has a lot of exciting projections/lighting styles,” Schipper said.


“As always, we’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into this show. I think every piece in this concert is extremely creative and has a strong message that I hope we, as dancers, can impart on the audience. The long rehearsal hours on top of final exams and projects are definitely the most challenging components as we enter tech week! We always have so much fun dancing together, and I can’t wait to share all that we have been working on with the Bucknell community,” Diana White ’16 said.


“In my years at Bucknell, I’ve been so impressed by the dance faculty’s ability to always assemble an eclectic and diverse repertoire for the dance concerts. I am honored to be apart of such a collaborative performance with so much talent and artistry,” Genna Hartnett ’17 said.


“I’m a freshman so obviously this will be my first dance concert with the company. Although it may sound cheesy, I think having the opportunity to dance with and learn from some extremely talented upperclassmen and faculty has been really rewarding and inspiring,” Jennie Matuschak ’19 said.


The cast and crew of the fall concert have been working hard as opening night draws closer.


“The most rewarding part of this process is to see the final dress rehearsal. With the combination of lighting and costumes you can see how excited everyone is to finally be performing the pieces they are in. The final dress rehearsal is a chance for us all to celebrate what we have done all semester,” Stephanie Beck ’18 said.


With the different dance styles and attention to detail in staging, the concert promises to be an exciting experience that showcases the talent of fellow University students.


“The audience can expect high quality dancing and innovation choreography that sets our show apart,” Schipper said.

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