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An Evening of Dance
An Evening of Dance

The Keene State College Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 37th annual modern dance concert, An Evening of Dance, on Wednesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and children, and $6 for KSC students. For tickets, contact the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit

With titles such as “40 Ways to Bow,” “Machine Wash Only,” and “Not Just the ‘Rosies’,” the audience will experience the full breadth of modern dance. This year’s An Evening of Dance showcases eight works by faculty and students.

KSC Dance Program Director Marcia Murdock directs the evening’s program that includes her new dance “now (more near ourselves than we).” In this quartet, the choreographer and dancers visit the moments before a photograph is taken, exploring the memory that is missing from the picture.

Dance Professor William Seigh choreographed “words apart,” a modern dance sextet, that suggests it is hard to read what goes on between two people and each other. In this piece (and in life), people try to connect and learn how to close their eyes to see.

Dance faculty member and guest choreographer Candice Salyers created “40 Ways to Bow” in collaboration with 15 dancers who will perform the piece to the song “Hymn O Ignee Spiritus” by Hildegard von Bingen.

Student Amanda Jones ‘13 created “Not Just The ‘Rosies’,” which follows a quartet of women exploring the connections between dance and history inspired by the iconic symbol of Rosie the Riveter. The sound score “Yesterdays” by the Teddy Edwards Quartet transports the dance back to the 1940s when Rosie first originated. Student Margaret Leary ‘14 created “Machine Wash Only,” a modern dance sextet set to a sound score by Dakota Suite and Emanuele Errante. Through metaphor this piece explores a moment in time where the aftermath of grief results in chaos and anger.

Student Gabriella Pacheco ‘14 choreographed “Pause in Motion,” an exploration of tension and the inability to stop time, using the visualization of water and resistance to reveal the metaphor. A trio of dancers performs to the song “Light at the End of the Tunnel” by Kerry Muzzey.

“Composition” is a new modern dance work by student Alexander Davis ‘14 that explores the joys and pitfalls of artistic and social collaboration. This six person piece features an original musical score by music major Miriam Sharrock performed live by a string trio.

Student Kendall Platenyk ‘14 choreographed “Mindscape,” a modern dance piece that illustrates how difficult it is to overcome the effects of fear. A trio of dancers shows the impact fear has made on them as individuals as they seek hope and strength within themselves.

About the Keene State Theatre and Dance Department

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to providing a comprehensive course of study that balances theory and practice within a sound liberal arts education. The collaborative nature of theatre and dance disciplines fosters an atmosphere in which students work closely with peers and faculty to gain practical experience in all facets of production and critical engagement. As artists and teachers, our primary focus is to encourage and guide our students as they find their creative voices and experience and question the world through the arts. For more information about the Theatre and Dance Department, visit or call 603-358-2162.

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