Mercyhurst Dancers present 'Ballet to Broadway'

The Mercyhurst Dancers will present a diverse fall concert that ranges from historical classical ballet to contemporary social commentary and culminates in a Broadway dance revue. "Ballet to Broadway" will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst College campus.

"Something for everyone," says Artistic Director Tauna Hunter. "That is the kind of programming I strive for in planning our annual fall concert. It is challenging and exciting to present a wide range of movement information that makes both the performers and the audience appreciate traditions and at the same time stretches all of us to look to what the future holds. But most importantly the performance aims to make the audience feel, think and just simply enjoy themselves."

"Le Conservatorie" (The Conservatory), choreographed in 1849 by August Bournonville for the Royal Danish Ballet, was staged by Royal Danish ballerina Vivi Flindt during a three-week residency at Mercyhurst in early September. This historic work depicts the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1849 as documented by the well-known paintings of Edgar Degas. The dancing is virtuoso and classically beautiful.

Guest contemporary choreographer Kevin Maloney of Pittsburgh contributes "Circular Thoughts" to the program. With music and voice-over by Charles Hall, this piece explores how we deal with everyday problems and aggravations. Nineteen green spheres serve as a metaphor for these problems. As the dance proceeds the dancers struggle to take control of these spheres, but eventually come to an understanding and acceptance of the issues from having gone through the process.

"Over the Rainbow," choreographed by Christine Marie Hay, assistant professor of dance at Mercyhurst, showcases graduating senior Cassie Powers in her final appearance with The Mercyhurst Dancers. "On Broadway," choreographed by Assistant Professor Mark Santillano, will close the evening with a Broadway dance revue highlighting well-known dances from "Grease," "Guys and Dolls," "The Lion King" and "The Tap Dance Kid."

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased by calling 824-3000.
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