Esteemed dancer-choreographer Nandhini Ashok from India is the guest artist for the Chelonia Dance Concert taking place tomorrow (Thursday) through Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. The annual event, featuring modern dance performances, is open to the public and takes place in the Neese Theatre.
Ashok choreographed a classical Indian dance titled “Folk Dances of India” for the student dancers to perform. In addition, the evening is filled with new work performed by Beloit students and choreographed by faculty and select student choreographers.
The dances in Chelonia choreographed by students are:
- “Infinite Play” by Michaela Bram’14 of Rochester, Minn., and Barak Ben-Amots’14 of Colorado Springs, Colo.
- “Push(ed) Forward” by Sophie Maloney’14 of Saint Paul, Minn., in collaboration with dancers
- “Communal” by Amelia Munson’15 of Williston, Vt.
- “To Your Left” by Amelia Tarpey’14 of Yellow Springs, Ohio, in collaboration with dancers
- “Woman Drinking Milk” also by Tarpey
- “Let’s not be real” by Alissa Chen’14 of Madison, Wis., in collaboration with dancers
- “Dark Waltz” by Erik Binter’14 of Downers Grove, Ill., with Nicole Weber’15 of Geneva, Ill.
Dances choreographed by faculty are: “The Beaten Path/White Knuckles” by Visiting Instructor of Dance Kelsa Robinson; “Gigue and Allegro” by Adjunct Instructor of Dance Sarah Wolf; and “the power dynamic between vocalist and backup dancer examined through the lens of subversive bitchiness – OR – A Dance to the Humpty Dance” by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T’ai.
Tickets are $8.50 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, faculty and staff, and $4 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the box office at ext. 2755 or until 7:45 p.m. the night of the show.