posted November 15, 2011

Hope Student Dance Concerts to Be Featured on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 5-6

Hope College will present its annual fall student dance concerts on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Dow Center dance studio, and on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. 

The public is invited.  Admission is free. 
 
The concerts will present a total of 23 pieces in the two concert venues. All of the works being presented have been created and danced by Hope College students, who also design and create their own costumes and sound/music scores. The students are mentored by the concert co-producers, dance faculty members Steven Iannacone and Matthew Farmer, and are assisted with lighting and technical design by staff member Erik Alberg, who is the college's technical director for the performing arts, and the students of the Production I class. 
 
The works are being selected for each venue by guest adjudicator Luise Wykell, who is a dance graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; founder and artistic director of Luise Wykell & Dancers (NYC); a former guest with Murray Louis Dance; and a nationally known teacher and performer.  In addition, Wykell will provide individual evaluations and suggestions to each of the choreographers, giving them new insight into their work. 
 
The program for each of the concert venues will be different, with the pieces matched to the setting that best suits them. Works selected for the Dow "white box" space will have the benefit of a more open, intimate and personal environment with a white floor and backdrop, while the pieces for the Knickerbocker will have the benefit of a traditional "black box" theater with additional technical capacities. 
 
The Knickerbocker Theater is located at 86 E. Eighth St. The Dow Center dance studio is on the second floor of the Dow Center, located at 168 E. 13th St., on the corner of 13th Street and Columbia Avenue.