* Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts

April 6, 2007

Purdue Repertory Dance Company to perform spring concert

Spring Works 2006
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The Purdue Repertory Dance Company will present its Spring Works 2007 Dance Concert on April 27 and 28.

The dance company will perform eight new dance works created by faculty and student choreographers. The concert is at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

"During the spring semester, company dancers have been developing the ideas and visions of the choreographers," said Carol Cunningham, chair of the dance division in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts. "This concert includes works that explore a range of expression and styles, from contemporary ballet to a family drama explored in a modern vocabulary to a humorous look at an everyday problem that we all encounter."

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and a matinee performance is 2 p.m. on April 28. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students and $6 for children 12 and under. Reserved tickets can be purchased in the Loeb box office in Stewart Center, the box office in Elliott Hall of Music or the box office in Pao Hall. Tickets also can be reserved by calling (765) 494-3933 and (800) 914-SHOW or through Ticketmaster at (765) 743-5151.

Works in the show include:

*  "Through the Window," created by dance faculty member Mary Beth Van Dyke. The dance features six women who manipulate long skirts. Their use of fabric demonstrates their need for safety in an uncertain environment.

* "In Her Circle," created by dance faculty member Sally Wallace. This dance focuses on the perspective of a wife and mother figure who is contemplating fleeing her situation.

* "Esperanzas," created by dance faculty member Melodie Carr. The dance explores how human physical connections are expressed differently in relationships and interactions.

* "Time Won't Wait," created by Shanna Daly, a graduate student in engineering education and chemistry from Florence, Ky. This is a large group dance.

* "Venus," created by Michal Nevitt, a senior in fine art from Chesterton, Ind. This is a modern dance piece about women that honors beauty, femininity and sexuality.

* "Matter of Life," created by Kristina Katrus, a junior in visual communications design from Middletown, Ohio. The dance is about a group of people whose social circle is divided into cliques until tragedy unites them, and then they fall back into their old ways.

* "Faces of Change," created by Elizabeth Joy Levine, a recent Purdue graduate from Mishawaka, Ind. This work explores how a community of people works to stay grounded in their own identity even in the face of change and loss.

* "Rush," created by Joe Hayes, a recent Purdue graduate from Terre Haute, Ind. The dance is about having a really great but exceedingly busy day.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Sources: Carol Cunningham, (765) 496-3644,

Karla Welchans, (765) 494-5993,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Contact Karla Welchans, with the Division of Dance, at (765) 494-5993,, for the choreographers' contact information.


The Spring Works 2006 performance featured a performance by Scott Downs, a junior majoring in law and society from Hillsboro, Ind., and Shanna Daly, a graduate student majoring in engineering education and chemistry from Florence, Ky. The 2007 performance will feature eight new dance works choreographed by faculty and students. (Photo provided by the Division of Dance)


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