Breaking Down the Dance in ‘dance, deconstructed’ Performance

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is pleased to present dance, deconstructed Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2020. This video-on-demand presentation includes a mixture of traditional dances filmed at the Sottile Theatre with works that were specifically developed as dance-on-camera films. 

Artistic Director and faculty member Gretchen McLaine recognizes the unique challenges of creating dance during a pandemic, and it was precisely these challenges that served as the concert’s inspiration. “All of us were forced to re-examine how we view, create, and perform dance. Our current limitations pushed everyone to create works that may not have otherwise been conceived under normal circumstances,” says McLaine. While some dances understandably tap into the emotional turmoil and an increasing sense of isolation that this pandemic has created, others are inspired by literary works or in finding new means of communication and expression. New York City tap dance artist Nicole Ohr is a guest collaborator who is investigating conversations through rhythms with faculty member Kristin Alexander. This piece features students from other college dance programs alongside College of Charleston dancers. Two student pieces from the 2020 spring concert are also being revisited; Julia Kabernagel and Madison Patterson have re-imagined their dances to reflect the new realities facing dancers performing during a pandemic. 

The concert will run on video-on-demand starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 and available through November 1. Tickets for dance, deconstructed are $18 for a group of three or more, $8 for adults, seniors and military, $5 for 18 and under and for College of Charleston faculty, staff and students. Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com/events/cofcstages, by emailing cofcstages@cofc.edu, or by calling (843) 953-6306.

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During this challenging time for the arts community the Department of Theatre and Dance continues its season theme, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, with fall productions: Sophocles’ “Antigone” adapted by Emily Mann, and student monologues “Our World: Student Voices on 2020.” Production details are listed and updated at theatre.cofc.edu.


The major in Dance at the College of Charleston combines the study of dance technique in three disciplines – ballet, modern and jazz – with a grounding in the breadth of dance as a field. Students have opportunities to perform in the Department of Theatre and Dance production season, at state-wide conferences, and at regional conferences such as the American College Dance Association.  Students can also choose to pursue a minor in Dance. More information is available at theatre.cofc.edu.