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InSync Dance Theatre to Perform
On Friday-Saturday, Jan. 26-27

Posted January 16, 2001

HOLLAND -- InSync Dance Theatre will present its annual concert at Hope College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, located at 86 E. 8th Street in downtown Holland.

The program is designed as entertainment for the whole family, and will feature a broad variety of both tap and jazz. Tickets are $6 for regular adult admission and $4 for students and senior citizens, with admission free for children under 12.

In addition, on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., InSync will present a short concert featuring only the tap ballet "July 28, 1943." Tickets for the matinee are $3 for regular adult admission and $2 for students. Admission to the matinee is free for senior citizens, veterans and children under 12.

Tickets for all performances will be available at the door.

This year's concert is special, according to company co-founder Terri Filips, because it will feature the premiere of "July 28, 1943", an original work supported by the Holland Area Arts Council and as a program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Both evening shows feature "July 28, 1943" as well as additional tap and jazz works choreographed by Dawn McIlhargey-Wigert, Rosanne DeVries, Suki Fox-Keita and Filips.

The tap ballet, conceived by Filips, who co- choreographed the work with Rosanne DeVries, unfolds in a train station in the year 1943. The work, through the art and music of tap dance, explores the impact of World War II on the everyday lives of those who commute through, visit and staff the station. Lovers join and separate, sailors travel to war, riveters commute to fill the shoes of the men gone overseas, station personnel facilitate these events -- all to the music of Duke Ellington and vintage radio clips that include one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inspiring "Fireside Chats."

"July 28, 1943" provides a vignette of life during World War II, combining elements of theatre, tap dance, music and history in an original manner that is intended to educate, inspire and entertain. According to Filips, the choreographers and dancers offer the work to honor and remember the sacrifices and investments of those on the homefront and the war front during World War II.

"July 28, 1943" features the dancing talents of Terri Filips, who is a 1991 and former member of the Hope dance faculty now teaching at Niagara University in New York; Rosanne DeVries of the Hope dance faculty; senior Danny Taylor of Story City, Iowa; senior Matthew Stehle of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sophomore Mandy Olson of Oak Park, Ill.; Sandra Federico, a 1996 Hope graduate from Comstock Park; Heather Winia, a 1991 Hope graduate from Zeeland; Katie Rowden; Suki Fox-Keita; Russell Reeves; and Connie Kowalski. The costumes are designed by Anne C. deVelder, and the lights by Erik Alberg.

Also premiering in this year's concert are "Inner City Blues" and the "Troubled Man," choreographed by Dawn McIlhargey-Wigert. The pieces were conceived and developed in tribute to Marvin Gaye, and reflect the soul, challenging passion, grit and pace of city life. "Inner City Blues" is danced by Suki Fox-Keita, Russell Reeves, Matt Stehle, Heather Winia, Mandy Olson and Katie Rowden. "Troubled Man" will be danced by Danny Taylor. McIlhargey- Wigert is also premiering a jazz work to the music of Brubeck featuring the dance talents of DeVries, Stehle, and Rowden.

Returning to the stage is "Urban Jam," choreographed by DeVries, which was a finalist for the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award from the Michigan Dance Council. Restructured with a different cast are the co-choreographed works by Filips and McIlhargey-Wigert, "Jumpin Jack" and "Everyman." "How Come" by Fox-Keita also returns.

Additional information about the concerts may be obtained by calling the college's department of dance at 395-7700.

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