FSU’s Theatre and Dance to Present Dance Concert, “Just Venus: Celebrating the Female”
The Frostburg State University Dance Company will present its 2018 dance concert, “Just Venus: Celebrating the Female,” on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. FSU’s energetic dancers, under the guidance of FSU faculty member Jamie McGreevy, will showcase their disciplined technique, as well as their spirit and dedication to artistic excellence and innovative dance.
“Just Venus: Celebrating the Female,” features six student-choreographed and student-directed pieces by company members Jala Edwards, Alyssa Adams, Lauren Lynch, Lauren Williams and Sarah Polkabla. In addition, student Blue Stoute and McGreevy will present their collaboration of spoken work and movement.
Edwards, a sophomore, has choreographed a sassy jazz dance to Christina Aguilera’s rendition of “It’s a Man’s World.” In this piece, the dancers are female office workers with a rather powerful male boss who gives them degrading tasks because they’re women. Fed up with this patriarchy, the women confront the boss in a rant about who really makes the world go round.
Adams’ “Soldier of Love” displays female strength and typifies her belief that “to overcome anything that was or still is in your way, you must be able to keep pushing even when you feel you lost.”
Lynch’s dance, “Make it Rain,” is about women overcoming the struggles of being treated as if they are incapable of being on the same level as men. “Men may be bigger physically,” she noted, “but women are the conquerors of the world.”
Williams choreographed “Radioactive,” a piece that embodies the rage every female has felt at one time or another. “Women aren’t really allowed to express the harsh anger that they feel because when we do, our actions are deemed ‘unladylike,’” she said. “I wanted to be sure that my piece was just that.”
Polkabla, a senior company member, based her piece on “If I Should Have a Daughter,” a spoken-word poem by Sarah Kay that artfully yet powerfully addresses the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. “It reflects on a woman’s thoughts about when she will have a daughter,” Polkabla remarked. “It addresses the personal mother-daughter relationship and how that will affect one’s future relationship with her daughter.”
Lynch and Edwards teamed up to choreograph the group dance “Body Love,” which is about self-image and loving oneself. “Many people often struggle with accepting how their bodies look and how other people view them, but it is important not to,” they assert. “Love yourself and the skin you are in.”
The collaboration between Stoute and McGreevy joins the voice-in-movement and movement-in-voice aspects of performing. McGreevy will perform an improvised contemporary modern movement in conversation with Stoute as she voices her original work, “Sweet Honey in the Fire.”
This concert is family-friendly, but some of the music contains adult language.
Tickets can be purchased online through University Tickets or at the box office. Visit the website at www.frostburg.edu/TheatreDance and click “Buy Tickets” to make an online reservation (service fees apply). Or, for more information about the show and to make group reservations, call the box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and youth and $15 for the general public.
Saturday, February 17 at 2:00pm
Drama Theatre, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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