UCO’S KALEIDOSCOPE DANCERS
UCO Kaleidoscope dancers
explore cell division in the multi-disciplinary Spring Concert --
UCO’s Kaleidoscope Spring Concert Campus Collaborations dance concert will be presented this week at Mitchell Hall on the UCO campus. The performances will showcase college and department collaborations with dance faculty and students. The Kaleidoscope Dancers also perform a combination of modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and tap dance. Performance are at p. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 24th through March 26th.
The concert is dedicated to the memory of Richard Denson, who was on the UCO dance faculty from 2003 – 2005, and will feature Denson’s “Tarantella” as the finale.
The multi-disciplinary approach is the idea of Tina Kambour, assistant director of the UCO dance department. The concert will feature unique collaborations between UCO faculty members, who teach such diverse topics as science graphic design, music and theatre arts.
“Choreographers are inspired by a wide array of sources, including stories, nature, art and architecture, however, they often do not have the opportunity to work with colleagues from the full range of the scholarly spectrum,” Kambour said in the press release.
“Quiddity,” a dance about recognizing one’s own individuality, is the result of Kambour’s collaboration with design chair Ruki Ravikumar and graduate design student Adam Gault. Ravikumar said she hopes the audience will see the merging of movement and design as a feast for the eyes. “Adam and I have designed a continuous visual narrative with animated text and simple illustrations that will serve as a backdrop for the dancers.”
“Sex Cells” explores the process of cell division and DNA formation. Choreographed by Jill Priest, dance education degree coordinator, the piece also has as collaborators Brooke Stabler, assistant professor of biology, and Samuel Magrill, professor of music and composer-in-residence, who is providing the original music.
Other faculty member collaborators come from kinesiology and health studies – which includes the dance department, and art and the academy of contemporary music (ACM@UCO).
Chris Hicks, director of academic operations at ACM@UCO, well known as a local guitarist and saxophone player who toured with Reba McEntire’s band for five years, will play for the dance “Hip Hop Time Machine.”
Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-UCO students, and $4 for UCO students. To reserve tickets, call the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 974.3375.
---By Nancy Condit from UCO sources