Dana Fredericks ’12 returns as guest choreographer

The W&L Repertory Dance Company is known for their exquisite work on the aerial silks, performing this past summer at the Edinburg Festival Fringe. The March performance is sure to be no exception to this trend of innovation. Featuring senior dancers Erin Sullivan and Jennifer Ritter, W&L gradate Dana Fredericks ’12 sets her latest aerial dance to the music of Muse. Describing the dance, Sullivan says it “is incredibly challenging not only because of the strength required to perform the piece, but also because we are intended to make it look effortless. Keeping calm when you’re fifteen feet in the air can be difficult sometimes, but I think the piece is really beautiful.” Fredericks will also perform a solo in the upcoming concert. Audience members are guaranteed to experience and interact with dance in a new way.

Two nights are left for the Repertory Dance Concert performance, Thursday, March 21 & Friday, March 22 at 7:30 in the Keller Theatre of Lenfest Hall. Purchase your tickets online at theater.wlu.edu or call or stop by the Lenfest Box Office

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Visiting Choreographer, Diana Crum

This semester, Washington and Lee has had the privilege of hosting dancer and choreographer Diana Crum. In addition to teaching courses through the Department of Theater and Dance, Crum has choreographed for the W&L Repertory Dance Company’s latest show. Her piece, “The Weightlessness of Time,” is the product of a collaboration between Crum and her dancers. The group has spent their rehearsal time experimenting with gravity and time, and the dance is their interpretation of this elements. In addition, Crum will perform her own solo, an untitled work inspired by Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado’s short video O Secular (The Century). With music by The Ambassadors, this experimental work is surely to be eye-opening for the Washington and Lee audience. Dancing in Crum’s group piece are Barbara Bent ’16, Emily Danzig ’16, Chanson K. Hardy SVU ’14, Jared Hester ’13, Alee Johnson ’15, Kiki Martire ’15, Abigail McLaughlin ’16, Nacho Portela ’15, Gretchen Sengelmann ’16, Inga Wells ’16, and Kelsey Witherspoon ’14.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see their performance, which runs from March 20-22 at 7:30 in the Keller Theatre of Lenfest Hall. Purchase your tickets online at theater.wlu.edu or stop by the Lenfest Box Office to see the W&L Repertory Dance Company concert!

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W&L Dance Innovations by Tyler Van Riper ’14

The W&L Repertory Dance Company has become a strong entity at Washington and Lee thanks to artistic director Jenefer Davies’ guidance. Davies is known for her progressive choreography, which will be included in the company’s upcoming concert. In her latest piece, Davies challenges her audience to look inwardly. In “Breathing Lessons,” Blair Davis ’15, Jenefer Ritter ’13, and Erin Sullivan ’13, explore breath. As Sullivan explains, “The dance is extremely aerobic and allows us to show the audience how difficult it is, unlike any other dance I’ve danced before, because we’re usually encouraged to make our movement look effortless. It’s refreshing.” Davies explains the thought process behind her work as an exposé on a reflexive action. “Our ability to breathe can also be a physical clue to our spiritual or psychological condition. If we are so stressed that taking a deep breath is difficult, or if we are panicked by events that make breathing labored, our bodies react of their own accord. Conversely, when something takes our breath away or something beautiful leaves us breathless, it is a gentle, sweeter breath but one that’s equally unexpected.” Intrigued?

Don’t miss your opportunity to see their performance, which runs from March 20-22 at 7:30 in the Keller Theatre of Lenfest Hall. Purchase your tickets online at theater.wlu.edu or stop by the Lenfest Box Office to see the W&L Repertory Dance Company concert!

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“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE” A Note about JONATHAN BREWSTER by Tyler Van Riper ‘14

A Note about Jonathan Brewster played by Nick Lehotsky ’15

When Mortimer Brewster finds a dead body in his elderly aunts’ home, he must first discover which of his family members has committed the murder. And honestly, we wouldn’t blame him for immediately accusing his brother, Jonathan! A maniacal criminal, Jonathan constantly gets plastic surgery from his morally questionable companion Dr. Einstein to cover up his identity. His latest work has left him looking like horror-film actor Boris Karloff, creating a more challenging situation for actor Nick Lehotsky ’15. He explains, “Not only must the player be acquainted with the character as a human being, but also with its original host, Boris Karloff. To blend Karloff in with the interpretation of the character is challenging, as Jonathan must remain himself, not simply a reflection of Karloff.” Performances are Feb. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Come early as seating is limited. Purchase your tickets online at theater.wlu.edu or stop by the Lenfest Box Office to buy your tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace today!

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“Mrs. Warren’s Profession” Actors Weigh-In by Tyler VAn Riper ’14

Mrs. Warren’s Profession focuses on hot social issues that we can still relate to today. The cast members in particular have lots to say about this exciting play! After reading the play for the first time, Caroline Crichlow-Ball ’15, who plays Vivie, felt “surprised by how deeply sad it is underneath all of the witty repartee. Vivie is especially tragic, because she feels so betrayed by her mother that she just gives up on love and happiness.”

Taylor Maxey ’13 plays Mrs. Warren and likes that “she is one of those characters with a gritty past. She is tough, and wants the world to know it” yet still appreciates what it means to be a lady.

The group of men who revolve around these two women are particularly interesting characters as Nick Lehotsky ’15 has learned about his character Mr. Praed. Lehotsky views Mr. Praed as “the sort of man whom I wouldn’t mind having as an uncle: very polite (in an old fashioned sort of way), an admirer of the arts, and becoming of a very fine sense of humour.”

To see how all of these thought-provoking characters come together in one of George Bernard Shaw’s most famous plays—purchase your tickets today for Mrs. Warren’s Profession, held in the Keller Theatre with 7:30 p.m. evening performances on Thursday, November 29, Friday, November 30 and Sunday, December 2, and a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, December 1. Order your tickets online today at lenfest.wlu.edu or call the Lenfest box office at 458-8000 to purchase.

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W&L Dancers CREATE…”Streets of the Jungle” by choreographers Nacho Portela ’15 and Lisa Stoiser ’15

CREATE…, that’s exactly what sophomores Portela and Stoiser are doing in the dance concert on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Admission is free. Donations will help the dance company to attend American College Dance Festival and represent W&L in competition.

Portela and Stoiser are co-choreographing “Streets of the Jungle”—an intense, two-minute hip- hop/contemporary fusion piece. Their music is a remix of the famous “Circle of Life” from the “The Lion King,” by District 78. Their vision revolves around a dance party hip-hop fusion style dance in the jungle of life. Portela comments, “Things start off soft and nice and move toward a hardcore beat as the animals begin to get into the hip hop mood.” Featured W&L dancers include Erin Sullivan ’13 and Noel Price ’13, Taylor Hiden ’14, Jillian Katterhagen ’15, Emily Danzig ’16, Barbara Bent ’16, Gretchen Sengelmann ’16, and Kate Boswell ’16.  

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W&L Dancers CREATE…Dates set for Dec. 5 & 6 at 7 p.m.

Be amazed by the talent exhibited by the student choreographers and dancers in the collaborative and experimental art-making process, W&L Dancers CREATE… an all student choreographed, designed and danced concert featuring an eclectic array of works including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, modern, swing and tap dance styles. Tickets are not required for this popular event, with performances on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Admission is free. Donations will help the dance company to attend American College Dance Festival and represent W&L in competition.

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