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Dancers take center stage at Chelonia

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

After months of rehearsal, a December Dance Workshop performance, adjudication, and extensive preparation, Beloit College student choreographers and dancers will showcase their work alongside faculty and guest choreographers at Chelonia.  

This annual spring dance exhibition takes place from Thursday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. in Neese Theatre. It is open to the campus and the community.

“This year's concert is going to be wonderful with many choreographers going to the emotional edge,” said Chris Johnson, director of Chelonia and an associate professor of dance in the college’s department of theatre, dance and media studies. “The faculty and students alike are exploring the human psyche, how we interact and the messages we convey.”  

Besides directing Chelonia, Johnson will be restaging her award-winning piece, Wreath of Memories, which was inspired by the stories of children in the Holocaust and those who perished at Auschwitz.

“The message of the dance speaks to the power of the community to transcend intolerance and hatred,” Johnson said.

Another highlight of Chelonia will be the concert finale, which Johnson calls “a high-energy romp.” Called Tangents, the dance was choreographed by Andrea Markus in collaboration with dancers. Markus was a guest artist in West African Dance at Beloit last fall, and she is currently a teacher of African-based modern dance at New York University.

The dances in Chelonia choreographed by students are: Pull Apart The Collective by Matthew Alan Porter’12; Taking Hold by Mia Alcorn’13; Can eye use you as my mirror? by Liz K. Freeman’12; Seven Minutes in Heaven by Mira Treatman’12; Walking Waters by Liana Segan’14; mmmm….what the doctor ordered by Joey Hernandez’11; and This is a preview by Claire Alrich’13.

Dances choreographed by faculty are: Sunshine/Moonshine by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T’ai in collaboration with the dancers; Betrayer Beloved by Visiting Instructor of Dance Sarah Wolf; and Holding Patterns by Johnson.

Tickets are $8.50 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the box office at (608) 363-2755.