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Contact: David W. Booth/Stephanie Wise, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

November 11, 2009

School of Theatre and Dance presents Fall Dance Concert 2009

DeKalb, Ill. — Bodies fly through the air, dance in aboriginal body paint and bang tambourines in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance presentation of Fall Dance Concert 2009 in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre, held Thursday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 22.

Fall Dance Concert 2009 features six pieces: a restaged romantic ballet, a modern solo, a piece based on aboriginal Australian folk tales, a restaged modern piece based on Emily Dickenson’s “How Slow the Wind,” a piece with flying dancers to illustrate life’s fleetingness and a restaged excerpt from the ballet “Napoli.”

The second piece, titled “Dreamtime,” is inspired by aboriginal Australian folk tales and Geraldine Robart’s paintings.

“(The costumes are) a deconstructed interpretation of that,” said Angela Enos, the costume designer for “Dreamtime.”

According to Enos, the male dancers wear loincloths and the female dancers wear a two-piece shorts and top costume from a “desert color pallet.” In addition, the dancers are covered in traditional aboriginal body paint.

Autumn Eckman, an instructor in the School of Theatre and Dance, choreographed a new piece for Fall Dance Concert 2009 titled “Bhaava,” which means “life” in Sanskrit. 

“Two dancers hooked up to flying apparatuses are being manipulated, affected, reacting to the (five) dancers that are earthbound,” Eckman said. “(This) symbolizes how people affect you in your daily life.”

“Bhaava” is comprised of three sections, according to Eckman. The first represents “how fleeting life can be,” she said. At a moment’s notice our support system can be taken away. The second section is about adjustment and the third shows how this is a repeated cycle.

“I had the music for years,” Eckman said. “(This is) a way to do something that serves the music.”

The final piece is a restaged excerpt from “Napoli” titled “Tarantella.” Set in the town square of a peasant village, three male dancers dance with each of the nine female dancers.

“The ‘Tarantella’ was a dance that people used to do to ‘dance the poison out’ if they were bitten by a tarantula, but it evolved into just a lively dance that would be done for fun among the middle-lower classes,” said Hannah Nielsen, a senior BFA in theatre arts with an emphasis in dance performance.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Building box office, located on the DeKalb campus, behind the Pizza Hut and McDonald’s restaurants on West Lincoln Highway from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from noon to 2 p.m. Friday and one hour before productions. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at www.niu.edu/theatre. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students.

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