By Lizzi Belmont
Water and fractals and toys, oh my! The December Dance Workshop Performance debuts this weekend. The show features work from student chorographers Joey Hernandez ‘11, Molly Bliese ‘12, Liz Freeman ’12, Marissa Hutton ’12, Matthew Alan Porter, ’12, Kate Sedlacek ’12, Mira Treatman ’12, Mia Alcorn ’13, Claire Alrich ‘13, Alissa Anderson ’13, Alison Weber ’13, Lizzi Belmont ’14, Alissa Chen ’14, Liana Segan’14, Nora Sullivan ’14, Amelia Tarpey ’14, Toby Walters ’14, Marilu Wiesner ’14 and Ariel Yang ’14.
The annual event takes place at the Neese Theater, with showings tonight (Friday, Nov. 9) and tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 10) at 8 p.m.
The process began with auditions in September. Students are required to take a choreography course before submitting their dances to the show, but auditions are open to dancers and non-dancers alike.
This show comes after three months of rehearsal and development. “I love getting to perform after months of hard work,” said Alcorn. Several pieces from this performance will be selected by visiting guest responder Adriana Durant to be performed in the formal February dance show “Chelonia.”
The performance showcases a wide variety of dance styles, from modern to contemporary ballet to hip-hoppy jazz. Each dancer and chorographer’s passion shines through the pieces. “I love watching what everybody is putting together — seeing their ideas being put into life. Especially when you see your friends out there doing something they’re so passionate about,” said Ignacio.
As an audience member I was drawn into and intrigued by each and every piece. Treatman’s “Seven Minutes in Heaven” oﬀers a subtle tugging at your psyche to accompany the exquisite movement. The relationship between a mother and her autistic son, explored in Bliese’s “Through Joey’s Eyes,” presents a beautiful look into a world that not many of us have experience with. “This is a Preview,” choreographed by Alrich, provides stunning imagery worthy of professional cinema. Nora Sullivan’s “Purple Swirls” engulfs the audience with its ﬁery energy and power.
These pieces are only a few of the many masterpieces presented in the December Dance Workshop Performance. The hard work and enthusiasm of each dancer is apparent, and the variety of dances is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. I may be biased in insisting you intend (my piece is the second after intermission), but this is an event that no Beloiter should miss!