November 28, 2007

Southern Illinois Dance Company to perform

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale welcomes the Southern Illinois Dance Company with its production, "In Concert," on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Performances are in the Furr Auditorium in Pulliam Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens and $4 for children 15 years old and younger.

The annual fall performance showcases a variety of dance styles, including modern, jazz and ballet choreographed by faculty and students. It is an informal performance showcasing faculty, student and community dance artists. A variety of themes should answer to all tastes.

Donna Wilson, associate professor of dance, presents an original piece this year. It is a joint production with Ron Coulter, lecturer in percussion with the SIUC School of Music. Wilson said the Paul Klee 1939 oil-on-canvas painting, "Omphalo Centric Lecture," inspired the music, original choreography and costumes. The omphalo – the navel or center – represents the center of the earth. Klee, an Expressionist painter and graphic artist, used the navel to represent the womb, birth and the life and death cycle as well as the mystic center, Wilson said.

The show is rated PG-13 due to sexual references.