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November 20, 2007

Purdue Repertory Dance Company to perform Winter Works Concert

"In Her Circle"
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The Purdue Repertory Dance Company will present its Winter Works 2007 Dance Concert on Dec. 7 and 8.

The dance company will perform nine new dances 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.

"This performance includes a wide range of innovative choreography with inspiration as diverse as emotional journeys to the quirky and playful," said Carol Cunningham, chair of the dance division in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and a matinee performance is 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets can be purchased in the Loeb box office in Stewart Center, or box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Pao Hall. Tickets also can be reserved by calling (765) 494-3933 and (800) 914-SHOW or through Ticketmaster at (765) 743-5151.

Winter Works performances include:

* "In Her Circle" is choreographed by faculty member Sally Wallace. This work is focused on the perspective of a wife/mother figure who is contemplating fleeing her situation. This woman is represented by two dancers, one that expresses her inner world, and one who represents her outer-world experiences. 

* "On the Other Hand," is a light-hearted dance by Cunningham. The choreographer asks, "What can you do when you can’t physically or mentally move forward, yet you can't stay still?" The choreography depicts an individual’s struggle with indecision and how it affects the people around her.

* Dance faculty member Mary Beth Van Dyke created a work for eight dancers titled "Cloudy to Sunny." This modern dance piece explores the emotional journey of rebounding from personal disappointment. 

* "Streaming Blue" is a new work created by faculty member Holly Jaycox. This kinetic piece explores bodies careening through space, colliding, connecting and rebounding. Behaving like a stream of electrons, the dancers never stop moving.

* "Hope Supported" explores the beauty, strength and hope that comes from a support group. The piece was choreographed by Shanna Daly, a doctoral student from Florence, Ky., in the departments of engineering education and chemistry.

* "The Design & The Deadline," choreographed by Kristina Katrus, a senior from Middletown, Ohio, in visual communications design, shows an artist’s process as she struggles with motivation to express creativity and meet her deadline.

* "Chew it up," choreographed by alumnus Edward S. Martin III, is a quirky piece exploring the choreographer’s many selves. The dance is set to a collage of wide ranging music styles, while the movement plays with gesture and rhythm.

* "Not here, Not there" is a modern dance piece that explores the insecurities and frustrations that are part of leaving a place that is comfortable and finding a way to move on. It was created by Michal Nevitt, a senior from Chesterton, Ind., in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry.

* "Too much, Not enough" choreographed by Leslie Parrin, a senior from Elk Grove Village, Ill., in French secondary education, explores the ever-familiar feelings of a college student: accomplishing so much yet having so much that still requires attention.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

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

Karla Welchans, (765) 494-5993,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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

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