E Pluribus Unum or “Out of many one” with West Chester University Dance Company


West Chester University Dance Company, in cooperation with The College of Visual and Performing Arts, is proud to present E Pluribus Unum. The concert includes faculty works by Gretchen Studlien-Webb, Liz Staruch, Jerzy Golek and guest artists’ works by Philadelphia’s own Megan Mazarick and Reactionaries, and WCU alum Donald C. Shorter, Jr. Four select student choreographers will also showcase recent work.

Studlien-Webb, the director of the West Chester University Dance Company, will present two works. Dreams of the Insomniac is a new work in six episodes. Accompanied by musical selections from The Green Mile soundtrack, the structure of the work is much like the disjointed nature of the psyche. Spotlight Envy is a reconstruction of a work originally premiered in 2002. This light hearted, playful dance, set to Mozart’s Symphony 29 in A, centers around diva dancers trying to upstage one another.

West Chester faculty member Liz Staruch will present Implicit Faith, an intimate duet set to the music of Frederic Chopin. The work explores the relationship of two bodies in physical and metaphysical contact through space. This duet originally premiered in 1999 and is reconstructed on two WCU student dancers.

Jerzy Golek, an adjunct dance professor at WCU, is translating two contrasting movements of Bach’s Violin Concerto, A and E minor, Adagio and Allegro for his group ballet work. The observation that external form is privileged in baroque at the expense of content is challenged by translating the musical content into ballet movement. Ballet movement, which shares some of the formal precision of baroque musical composition, can still evoke powerful human emotions. Golek danced for the Ballet Company of Lodz, and the Mazowsze National Dance Company of Poland.

Crop Circles is a dance theatre work presented by Philadelphia-based choreographer/performer Megan Mazarick. Using a sound score of computerized voices, noise texture, and selected soundtracks, the work takes a humorous approach to alien abduction in a stereotypical small town. Mazarick pulled from Greek chorus structure, animalistic movement, and text written by the student dancers to create this layered dance comedy skit.

Reactionaries strive to create site specific, visually motivated, movement work. Past works have been presented by the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Wilma Theater’s DanceBOOM!, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. With No Return Movement, Reactionaries explore formal curtain calls, court yards, art galleries and falling snow.

WCU alumnus Donald C. Shorter Jr. will premiere Pier 45, a work that examines the feelings of a person being rejected from society. Music for the dance comes from the opera Peter Grimes. Shorter has danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company in New York City, recently toured in the cast of Hairspray, and will be next seen this coming year as Richie Walters on the national tour of A Chorus Line.

The four student pieces by Ashley Harris, Anna Karas, Michael Nguyen, and Lauren Quattrone set on fellow WCU dance students were selected through an audition process.

West Chester University Dance Company
E Pluribus Unum

Performance dates:
Friday, December 11th, 8pm
Saturday, December 12th, 2pm & 8pm

Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
Swope Music Building and The Performing Arts Center
817 South High Street, West Chester, PA

Department of Theatre & Dance Box Office (610) 436-2533
Tickets: $15 Gen Adm, $12 Std w/ID & Srs

West Chester University Dance Company (UDC) is the unified student concert dance organization on campus. The focus of UDC is to promote dance as an art form at West Chester University and to provide students the opportunity to create and explore their expressive voice within this art form. UDC is funded in part by S.S.I. Organization, Inc.