Senior Choreographers Stage New Works
Seniors studying dance performance have created original choreography that will be premiered on February 17 and 18.
The Spring Senior Choreography Dance Concerts will be held at the Archie Burnette Studio Theatre on campus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the theatre or online at the ECU School of Theatre and Dance website.
On Saturday, February 17 the concert will begin at 5:00 pm. The Sunday performances will be held at 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
Two of the seniors performing are Alex Chevrier and Danyel Beaver. They are very passionate about the choreography that they each created for their own performances.
Chevrier has a military background, so her work expresses preparation for departure, separation, and the control that the military has over people. When interviewed about her performance, Chevrier said, “My intention is to reveal the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences and realities of the military lifestyle in a more intimate, less formal way, a way that maybe people don’t necessarily think about.” She finds her choreography interesting because the area of scarifies ranges from small to large, but the small ones are sometimes not as publicized.
Beaver’s work is about what is relevant to what is going on in the world. Her piece is about women’s rights and how women are represented in the government. Beaver said she really wanted the piece she is performing to show the strength of women and how important their voices are. Her piece is interesting to her because she wanted to bring humor to such a serious issue.
Both seniors would like people to attend the concerts. Beaver said, “I really think this show is going to be one of the most diverse shows we have had in a while. Each dance has a different style and a vibe. It is important to show support with all of the hard work and effort that these dancers have put into these concerts.” Chevrier said, “I believe that my work, and the work of my peers, is important because exploring relevant, effective, creative, thought-provoking topics with our art is important.” Beaver, Chevrier, and many of the other seniors are excited to show the audience the work that they have created and hope the audience is as excited as they are for the concerts.
-by Meredith Cox, candidate for the BS in Communication