Circling Beginnings: Dancing the seasons

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By Miryam Moutillet

This year’s winter dance concert, entitled “Circling Beginnings,” will present the many and varied rhythms of the four seasons and their ever-changing influences on human nature.  This concept, created by Dance Director Miryam Moutillet, will seek to explore the vibrancy of our unique world and its immense beauty.

A large cast, featuring 24 dancers, will sculpt the space with cyclical moves, hypnotic imagery and continuous energy.

In its essence, the show will contain a dream-like depiction of the seasons.  Winter will unveil its moonlit and cold nights, spring its hopeful renewal, summer its joyful freedom and fall its transformative manifestation.

The art of dance will take audiences on a journey exploring the many splendors of nature  as expressed through movement.

The choreographic vision is a unique fusion of diverse dance styles that will give faculty members Moutillet and Marcus Rogers a chance to explore new creative steps, ritualistic gestures and circular patterns.

One Union dance graduate, Emily Lnenicka ‘12, will dance in “Circling Beginnings,” according to the mood of the seasons and their significance.

Dance projects choreographed by Jenna Langhans ‘13, Samantha Moyer ‘14 and Mary Suttie ‘15, all of whom were interviewed in the Jan. 31 issue of the Concordiensis about “Cirling Beginnings,” will contribute to the concept by enhancing the seasons with their own ingenuity.

Charles Steckler’s imaginative set design, along with Robert Bovard’s stunning stage lighting, will reveal the fascinating power of nature to the audience.

Costumer Brittney Belz has designed contemporary attire that will emphasize the seasons’ liveliness. Choreographers and designers alike will go beyond the traditional for an unexpected outcome.

Supported by World Music, the performance will welcome all genres of ethnic beats for an interesting, global fusion of sounds.

As was the case with previous dance productions, live music directed by guest artist Andy Iorio on piano will unite this performance.

Union’s visiting faculty artist, Harry Pellegrin, will join the performance on guitar. Connor Barrett ‘14 and Meagan Melley ‘16 will sing “Turn, Turn, Turn,” which echoes the theme of the production in its lyrics: “There is a season…and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

“Circling Beginnings” will run at 7:30 p.m. each evening from March 6 through 9 with an additional 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday, March 9.

Tickets for “Circling Beginnings” can be purchased at the Yulman Theater Box Office for $7 for Union students, faculty and staff and $10 for the general public. The box office is open Monday through Friday each week from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 518-388-6545.

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