Kenyon’s Fall Dance Concert will be on Thursday, Dec. 8; Friday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Hill Theater. The show, produced by the Department of Dance, Drama and Film, will feature eight performances and will run for about an hour-and-a-half with an intermission. Tickets prices are $2 for students; $4 for seniors, children under the age of 12 and non-Kenyon students; and $7.50 for the general population.
Professor of Dance Julie Brodie and Assistant Professor of Dance Kora Radella are co-directors of the show. They described the rehearsal process as smooth. “All of the students have been really on top of their projects,” said Brodie. “When we have seen their work in progress … we have been really pleased with the work that they have contributed and prepared for the concert.”
Sofia Wilson ’23 (pictured) is performing a solo titled “Two Ecstatic Themes” by the famed 20th-century choreographer Doris Humphrey. Erika Abe ’23 staged the dance from the notated score, interpreting the symbolic translation of the movement and teaching it to Wilson. Wilson and Abe will be fulfilling part of their senior comprehensive exams with the Fall Dance Concert, along with fellow seniors Julia Hintz, Claire Goldberger and Rose Anderson.
“Throughout this process, I have come to love the piece and performing it, and I truly feel ecstatic when I perform it, something that I haven't felt before when performing, to this extent,” Wilson said. “This is because of the extensive process, coaching, and research that Erika and I have put into this project, which makes me feel so connected to it.”
There will also be work by non-seniors and non-dance majors performing in the Fall Dance Concert. The pieces are choreographed by Kenyon students and faculty members.
“We are excited about the breadth of styles that are being represented in this concert,” Brodie said. Radella emphasized the difference in the choreographic styles of the pieces; audience members can expect some to be more playful whereas others will be more dramatic. “[In] this concert, no matter what the approach is, there is really some strength in the quality of the work,” Radella said.
For tickets, visit the Bolton Theater box office or call (740) 427-5546 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.