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Faculty Dance Concert Scheduled

Published: November 15, 2013

The College of the Arts and Department of Dance will present CSULB Dance in Concert, with performances on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 20-22, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater. This evening of dance will feature original choreography by CSULB faculty members John Beasant III, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Andrew Vaca along with guest artists Alex Ketley and Sarah Swenson.

The six dances draw upon a wide range of styles, themes and musical inspirations. Set to an original score by composer Rychard Cooper and choreographed by Dunagan, “Rhizomes” borrows from aspects of nature and integrates Capoeira and contact improvisation to create a dynamic interplay of colliding bodies. “Impetus for Pausing,” created by Beasant, explores the personal journeys we take, and culminates in the singular idea that human beings will always be searching for ways to connect. “Johnson’s Slam,” choreographed to a driving score by Julia Wolfe, offers a compelling movement dance based on bodies crashing physically and emotionally.

Seven brides face down one of society’s most charged rituals in an excerpt from Vox Dance Theatre director Swenson’s signature work “Fimmine.” Set to the music of Philip Glass and employing striking imagery and rhythmic attack, “Fimmine” reveals the sisterhood, passion and indomitable strength of women. “Humnos,” the second in a series of “movement hymns” created by Vaca, is a contemporary dance trio inspired by the rich and uplifting music of critically acclaimed composers Danny Maseng and Bliss and Lisbeth Scott, and features collaborative artistry by poet Rachel Kann and videographer Gregory R.R. Crosby.

Closing the show on a high-powered and physically expansive note, Ketley, choreographer and director of The Foundry in San Francisco, has created “The Span” to explore the multitudes and complexities that the landscape of our bodies hold and can reveal in performance. Like the flicking of visual symbols, Ketley’s dynamic new work reaches for impact through its density of physical information.

Lighting designer/technical director Andrew N. Milhan, costume designer Liz Carpenter and music director Eric Ruskin contribute their creative visions to this evening of dance. In addition, in the theater lobby there will be an exhibit of Liz Carpenter’s designs, Crosby’s photographs of the choreographers working with the dancers, and a photographic tribute honoring Ruskin’s 33 years of contributions to the Dance Department. A reception will follow the Friday, 8 p.m. performance in the theater Green Room.

CSULB Dance in Concert, featuring original choreography by CSULB faculty members

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $16 for seniors, students (with valid ID) and Dance Resource Center members. For tickets and additional information, call 562/985-7000 or visit

–Bethany Price