Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Photo:Suzy Sciancalepore, Kara Ajetunmobi and Kelly Gordon in "Inahan" by Jessica Manuel.

The drums accompany “Inahan,” (“Mother”) by student Jessica O. Manuel, whose choreography for HSU’s concert last spring was recently presented at the American College Dance Festival in Arizona.

The opera singer is David Powell, an HSU grad who studied at the Boston Conservatory of Performing Arts. He sings for Linda Maxwell’s dance, “Desir Deplace,” which expresses themes of love, loss and moving on.

The partnership of student Jackie Silva and HSU faculty advisor for folklorico dance Jeff O’Connor brings traditional dances of the Yucatan region of Mexico to the Van Duzer stage, including a “jarana” in which dancers on small platforms balance trays of bottles and dishes on their heads. “These dances are very intense, and a lot of fun to watch,” Maxwell said.

Bathing beauties in a comic water ballet make a “Splash” as choreographed by Dance faculty member Erin Fernandez.

A unique feature of the concert is a spoof of spy movies (“Beats Me”) set to music by Henry Mancini, choreographed as a group project, and presented in three parts scattered throughout the event.

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