Fall dance concert incorporates capstones

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This year’s Autumn Choreographer’s Concert at Pacific University is going to be a bit different from years past.

“In the past it’s been just dance ensemble and capstones, but this year we’re pulling dancers from other areas as well so it represents the dance community at Pacific a little more,” senior dancer Sienna Ballou said.

This production includes student dances, choreographers and students who are dancing, as well as creating their own choreography.

“The concert is a compilation of Pacific’s dance ensemble, as well as the dance department’s capstones and choreographers from the concert production class,” junior dancer Victoria Perez said. “We have a mix of dancers that are in Pacific’s dance ensemble as well as just dancers that attend Pacific.”

There are going to be four senior capstone dances among a dozen other pieces in the show.

“In between some dances we’re going to have videos, slideshows, kind of just things to break it up, ways to have people digest what they’re seeing,” Perez said.

Before the senior capstone pieces, a short video will be shown that includes some of the senior’s background, as well as what their piece is about.

“This concert is so diverse because every piece reflects every choreographer and their style and where they come from, which is exciting,” Perez said. “It will keep people awake and hopefully on their toes and wanting to see more.”

The show will include a piece with live music played by Pacific musicians, and include dances about the brain, body, mental illness and cherishing random moments of happiness, among other themes.

“A lot of our work we really want to share with the community, because it’s about issues that we feel are relevant to our community,” Ballou said.

The seniors’ capstone pieces will contribute to their graduate work.

“This is an undergraduate program that leads into pre-professional works, whether it be in a company or going to graduate school for dance,” Perez said.

The Autumn Choreographer’s Concert will take place Nov. 16-18 at Tom Miles Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the show.

“I think what all of us really want is to have people come and support the arts,” Perez said.


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