CofC Stages presents its fall dance concert Shifting Perspectives. Choreographed by faculty and guest artists, this collection of dances portrays our 2022-23 season theme, “Constructing Identity,” by examining dance in ways that challenge traditional conventions or perceptions. An excerpt from “La Sylphide” will be performed in the original danseuse en travesty style, a popular convention from the 1840s in which women danced both the male and female roles. “Ode” is a modern dance inspired by the work of visual artist Mary Walker. Walker’s paintings will be projected behind the performers, deepening the connection between the dancers and the artwork.
We’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of our dance major, and Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine notes that the major’s growth is reflected in the concert’s diversity of genres. Three ballets, three modern works, a tap piece, and a jazz dance comprise the show, offering something for every audience member.