Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Concert opens on November 19

Posted on: November 16, 2015

The Wake Forest University Dance Company and the Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert on November 19 – 21nd  at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 pm in the Mainstage Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature choreography by guest artists Helen Simoneau, Debbie Sayles and Tina Yarborough Liggins as well as dance faculty members Brantly Shapiro, Chris Martin, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Nina Lucas.  Tickets are $15, $7 for students and $12 for senior citizens and may be purchased beginning November 10th at the box office 336-758-5295 or online at college.wfu.edu/theatre.  The box office is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 1-5pm.

About the Dances

Visiting Guest Choreographer Helen Simoneau Flight Distance II (excerpt)

Flight Distance II is a part of a quartet of dances that explore the boundaries of personal space, unwritten spatial rules, and intimacy in relation to space.  The term is used to describe the distance an individual places between themselves and others; it varies from person to person and from species to species.  These dances ask:  How do we react to an intrusion into our personal space?  How does close proximity create a sense of intimacy?  Is there power in claiming one’s space?  Flight Distance II, set to the music of Andy Hasenpflug and an original score by Chris Andraka, specifically explores the role of the individual within the group.  It links all nine dancers together to form one unit all while celebrating each performer’s unique contribution to the work.  The dancers move effortlessly through detailed unison, shifting human sculptures, and break out of the group in unexpected solos.

Faculty Choreographers Brantly Shapiro and Chris Martin Giselle (Act I excerpts)

Choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, staged by Brantly Shapiro and Chris Martin.  Music by Adolphe Adam

The ballet is set in the vineyard country bordering the Rhine.  Villagers are on their way to the vineyards, where they will harvest the last of the grapes before the Wine Festival.  A fellow peasant named Loys excuses himself from joining the grape pickers so that he can court Giselle.  The youthful relationship develops and Giselle invites Loys to join the villagers in a dance to celebrate the harvest.

Teaching Fellow in Dance Jessie Laurita-SpangletIn the Rift

During large weeping changes or tiny intimate shifts, there is a place in-between, when action and time stops and in-betweenness is pulled forward.  In collaboration with the performers and with composer and violinist David Schulman, this work seeks to shine a light on what happens on the threshold.

Guest Choreographer Tina Yarborough-Liggins – Grown

Music by Beyoncé

Guest Choreographer Debbie Sayles Shake That Thing

Shake That Thing is a tap piece choreographed in the style of a Charlestown era jazz party.  Music by Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra.

Faculty Choreographer Nina Maria Lucas – Agents

Contemporary jazz piece performed to music by The Action Band, The Piano Guys and Moby


More on Jessie Laurita-Spanglet’s piece can be found here in an article in the Winston-Salem Journal.