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Chelonia 2013 serves up great lighting, hip-hop, ‘sardonic humor’

January 29, 2013

With more than 40 students dancing, choreographing, designing (sets, costumes, and lighting) and otherwise making Chelonia the event that it is, it’s quite likely you’ll know at least one person involved. If you show your support and attend one of the four performances set for the remainder of this week, you’re in for a treat.

“There are many great dances this year! The feel of the concert overall is light-hearted and quirky; there is a lot of sardonic humor as well as some serious thought-provoking work by both faculty and students,” says Chris Johnson, associate professor of theatre arts (dance). “The energy and talent of this year’s cast is fantastic, and although most of the pieces are in the modern dance genre, I feel it is one of the most diverse concerts we have presented.”

Seven of the dances are choreographed by students, and three—a piece by Johnson herself, “Between the Lines,” one by Mia Alcorn’13 and another by Claire Alrich’13—will be presented at the American College Dance Association’s regional conference later this spring in Minnesota. “Between the Lines” will be heading even further afield in July, when it’s presented at a festival in Prague.

Besides the familiar faces from campus, the work of two renowned guest artists will be performed—Angeline Holmes and Jesse Zaritt.

Catch CheloniaThursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. or a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Neese Theatre.