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Contact: David W. Booth/Kelly Strothman/Mariah Wyant
NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

November 6, 2006

NIU School of Theatre and Dance
presents fall dance concert

DeKalb — Although no one expects to laugh during a ballet performance, at least one other of the featured dance pieces in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance Fall Dance Concert is intended to be light-hearted enough to cause some loud snickers.

Opening Thursday, Nov. 16, the school stages its annual smorgasbord of dance styles in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus with four very different works by four different choreographers. The concert consists of a half-hour ballet (Paquita), two modern pieces and one jazz piece.

Paquita, restaged by School of Theatre and Dance faculty member Randall Newsom, is a Spanish ballet that features solo dancers, as well as a corps de ballet, which is a performance by a group.

The two modern pieces are being set by NIU professors of dance, Karen Williamson and Judy Chitwood. Chitwood is restaging a work that is performed to a compilation of music by Jim Morrison and The Doors, producing an eclectic dance performance.

The jazz dance is choreographed by NIU faculty member, Paula Frasz, who says she has put her mind to work and prepared a “snappy composition,” consisting of seven different sections, all of which are set to the music of Tony Bennett. She titled her piece "Silly Love Songs," and says the underlying theme is, “Love kills.”

According to Frasz, the concert is, as usual, very diverse. With four pieces being presented, the audience can wait 20 minutes and is rewarded with something new and different.

In addition, the audience will have the chance to meet the choreographers and some of the dancers after the Saturday night performance Nov. 18. The choreographers will talk about what is means to be a “modern choreographer.”

Performances are Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14, $8 for seniors, and $7 for students with a valid ID and are available in advance by phone at the Stevens Building box office at 753-1600. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the Fall Dance Concert or other School of Theatre and Dance 2006-2007 season of productions, visit or contact David Booth in the marketing office at (815) 753-1337.

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