April 22, 2011

Dance Company plans spring performances

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois Dance Company's annual spring concert brings to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus a variety of dance styles in two April presentations.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Both are in Pulliam Hall’s Furr Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens and $4 for children 15 years old and younger. You can buy tickets in advance at the Student Center Ticket Office or at the door.

This year’s spring concert is the premier of SIDC’s collaboration with composer Andrew Hannon of St. Louis. Students and faculty have been involved in the choreography and students will perform.

The production layers edgy, avant-garde music with the spoken word, making it both exciting and challenging to work with, according to Donna Wilson, artistic director of SIDC and associate professor of kinesiology at SIUC. The show also features jazz and modern pieces. The dance concert includes a variety of musical styles, flavors, and themes appealing to all audiences, Wilson said.

Founded in 1975, SIDC’s goal is to offer a professional dance environment for skilled people with an interest in the art of dance. It serves as a showcase for student and faculty dance artists.