InSync Dance Theatre to Present
Annual Concert Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Posted January 15, 2003
HOLLAND -- InSync Dance Theatre, Michigan's only
professional tap and jazz company, will present its annual
concert at Hope College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31, and
Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown
InSync Dance Theatre is an affiliate of the
college's department of dance.
The diverse program will include the premiere of
six repertory works. In addition, the company will dance,
for the first time, the work of Hope College faculty member
Ray Tadio and stage a work created as a collaborative
project of the seven company dancers.
The 2003 program includes "Xena," an edgy, power-
driven, funk piece set by guest choreographer Ray Tadio to
the music of "Kit Clayton." Tadio's work opens with the
theme from the "Powerpuff Girls"--it is electric and all
about the woman warrior.
Company co-founder Dawn McIlhargey Wigert offers
"States of Dysfunction," a moody, dramatic and tragic
modern-jazz work exploring the struggles of life. She
contrasts the repertory piece with her new work titled
"Living!," a joyful sketch set to the music of Karyn
Guest choreographer and company co-founder Terri
Filips, associate professor of theatre at Niagara
University, premieres a zany study of the rituals
surrounding the indispensable "Remote Control" in which
guest artist Peter Bennett, a student at Niagara University,
squares off against four women in his attempts to keep
remote control dominance.
Company director Rosanne Barton-DeVries presents a
newly designed "Sole Play." This now a cappella tap dance,
costumed in Hope's orange and blue, engages the audience in
a vocal and rhythmic play. Concert-goers are asked to "be
the music" and play along in the premiere of the surprise-
filled tap dance "Segue." On the serious side, the company
is to perform "Fitting Out," a study exploring the dynamics
between being "in" and being an individual. Next will be "I
Am, We Are," the first company choreographed work to be
included in the repertory.
The concert will conclude with dancers and
audience members alike joining together to dance the "Shim
Sham." The program's organizers note that tap shoes are
welcome, but not required.
Tickets for concert will be available at the
Knickerbocker Theatre box office one hour before show time.
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown
Holland at 86 E. 8th St.