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September 24, 2003

'Echoes of Indiana' ballet to air on TV

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —"Echoes of Indiana," a first-ever collaboration between the Lafayette Ballet Company and the Purdue Symphonic Band, will be shown on TV this fall on Insight (Channel 13) and the Educational Access/Purdue television channel (Channel 5.).

Performed live in April, "Echoes of Indiana" is an original four-section ballet, choreographed by Sandra Peticolas and inspired by themes from local history. Music is provided by the Purdue Symphonic Band under the direction of Jay Gephart.

The ballet opens in an era during which Woodland Indians were the primary residents of central Indiana. Peticolas says its sustaining theme is one of "responsibility for the earth that sustains us, and the gift of natural resources and how we have viewed that differently, philosophically speaking, in different eras."

Each of the four sections bears the native name for a different month of the year — such as Blood Moon for July and Green Corn Moon for August — and each is set in a different century. Narration, which is signed for the hearing-impaired, guides the audience through the piece.

Through dance, Peticolas offers depictions of Indiana as the Indians knew it and the changes that occurred as the pioneers moved in and built settlements. Moods range from joyful harvest dances to moments dominated by dissonance, suggesting the clash of cultures. In the final section, ghosts from past eras enter and hold dances representing the 21st century responsibility for the state of the world and the environment.

The music comes from eclectic sources, ranging from themes from the movie "Spartacus" to religious tunes such as William Schuman's "When Jesus Wept."

TV air dates and times include:

• Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., channel 13 (Insight)

• Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:30 p.m., channel 5 (Educational Access/ Purdue Channel)

• Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m., channel 5 (Educational Access/ Purdue Channel)

• Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., channel 13 (Insight)

• Wednesday, Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m., channel 5 (Educational Access/ Purdue Channel)

• Thursday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m., channel 5 (Educational Access/ Purdue Channel)

• Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., channel 13 (Insight)

The TV version of "Echoes of Indiana" was produced by Hall of Music Productions and captured on video by students in the IDIS491F Technical Video Production class.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Sources: Kathy Matter, (765) 496-6785,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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