The Department of Theater and Dance at Appalachian State University will present the “Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble” (FADE) 2018 at the Valborg Theater on the university campus from November 14-18. This annual and seasonal dance concert features eight original works by professors, students and a guest choreographer and includes performances at 7 p.m. November 14-17 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 18. Tickets cost $ 10 for students, $ 15 for faculty and staff, and $ 17 for adults and are available at theatreanddance.appstate.edu or by calling 800-841-ARTS (2787).
This year guest artist Laura Pettibone Wright, coach of the Frederick “Erick” Hawkins Trust and original member of the late choreographer’s dance company, choreographed a piece for “FADE.” She organized a weeklong residency at the Department of Theater and Dance in October where she worked with 12 Appalachian dance students on the play “New Moon”.
FADE student choreographers include Haley Bieckert, a dance student from Currituck County; Rachel Bohannon, junior dance student at Wake Forest; Emma Dubinski, majoring in dance studies at Henderson; and Lyndsey Porter, majoring in psychology and minor in dance from Irvine, California. The choreographers of the Faculty of Dance are Associate Dance Teachers Emily Daughtridge and Susan Lutz, and Professor Ray Miller.
Lutz, who also serves as’ FADE ‘coordinator, talks about the uniqueness of the production, saying,’ All the pieces are so different because the individual choreographers have a totally different style of movement for each work. They last anywhere from five minutes to 20 minutes, but all come together to create an aesthetically cohesive production. “
Themes for the faculty dances include a response to school shootings by Miller, paying homage to true Cuban salsa in Daughtridge’s work and exploring the concept of pointing by Lutz. Appalachian student choreographers examine how people cope with grief, explore the influence of insecurity, portray the act of manipulation and control among women, and deal with feelings of uncomfortable feeling. All of these dances use the human body to convey thoughts, feelings, and questions to the audience in a way that challenges them to better understand themselves and the world they live in.
Roxanne Waddell, Senior Theater Design / Technology Major from Winston-Salem, and Ethan Martin, Second Year Theater Design / Technology Major from Charlotte, are working with Associate Theater Professor John Marty on lighting design. The costumes are designed by drama teacher Sue Williams and senior theater design and technical production student Newman Jones of Rocky Mount.
The Valborg Theater is a 334-seat modified thrust performance hall located on campus on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street in Boone. The entrance to the theater faces the rear of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5:00 p.m. on campus in faculty and staff parking lots and after 5:30 p.m. on the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Center.
About the Department of Theater and Dance
The Department of Theater and Dance is one of the seven departments of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of Appalachia. Its mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and audiences, who cultivate compassionate, creative and collaborative communities through theater and dance. The department also offers courses for arts-integrated learning to the general university student body. Its dynamic extracurricular production program provides exemplary theater and dance experiences to students of the department, the university community and the region.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and are committed to taking responsibility for creating a sustainable future for all. . The transformational Appalachian experience fosters a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, grow holistically, act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to over 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.