"Danceworks 2010," an annual showcase of the choreography of Northwestern University's nationally renowned dance faculty, alumni and guest artist, has something special to celebrate this year -- the 30th anniversary of the School of Communication's Dance Program.
In addition to the choreography of Jeffery Hancock, Archana Kumar, Susan A. Lee, Billy Siegenfeld, Molly Shanahan, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Meghann Wilkinson during seven performances, a 30th anniversary Danceworks 2010 Gala concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, also will include performances by choreographers Hancock, Shanahan, Siegenfeld and Brandi Coleman.
"Danceworks 2010" is open to the public and will take place on the Evanston campus at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25; 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29; 8 p.m. Friday, April 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. Post-show discussions will follow the April 25 and 29 concerts.
An eclectic mix of Jump Rhythm Jazz, modern, classic jazz, contemporary, ethnic dance and movements associated with disciplines of the mind, body and spirit, the works featured in this year's show represent what is current and significant in dance.
Northwestern faculty member and founding director of the dance program Susan A. Lee, is the show's artistic director. Lee received the 2000 Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance.
"Danceworks" program highlights include Lee's "She Was," a nostalgic romp that asks dancers to get their "groove on" and explore classic jazz dance traditions. It will be performed to the Beatles hit song "Day Tripper."
Hancock and the dancers have created movement vignettes from true stories from the lives of the dancers, with music and vocabulary ranging from gestural and swing to post-modern, illustrating the dance's title, "Reasons for Moving." The work will be performed to the music of Benny Goodman, Max Richter and Beethoven.