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'Expanding Approach'

Annual fall dance concert showcases work of student choreographers

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October 31, 2011 | by Judy Moore
Five performances of the Fall Dance Concert: “Expanding Approach” will take place Nov. 11 to 19, at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center’s Ballroom Studio. Choreographer Britt Banaszysnki. Photo by Justin Barbin. 

EVANSTON, Ill. --- "Expanding Approach" -- five fall dance concert performances – will showcase the original works of nine Northwestern University student choreographers. The choreographers -- all dance majors or dance minors -- were selected by a panel of peers and dance faculty to create original and artistically mature work in two months’ time.

Open to the public, performances will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Ballroom Studio of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

The annual fall concert is presented by New Movement Project (NMP), a student group that works closely with the School of Communication's dance program to produce student works and host workshops and residencies with local and national artists. NMP is advised by dance program faculty member Molly Shanahan.

This year’s choreographers include juniors Parker Murphy, Alaya Turnbough, Suzanne Hutt, Rachel Molinaro and Sophia Rafiqi, and seniors Meg Morrissey, Dani Kipnis, Lilly Liu and Christy Stallknecht. Their original works will be performed by an ensemble of 26 student dancers.

Among the concert highlights is a duet by Murphy exploring society’s reservations about human touch; a dance by Molinaro inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and the volatile events of 1968; and a work by Rafiqi that looks at the close relationships that grow among dancers.

Bleacher-style seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and full-time students with valid IDs. Tickets are available through the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu. Tickets also will be sold at the door prior to each performance.