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Dec. 7-8: Fall Dance Concert

Seven choreographers’ works to be performed.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 11-21-2012

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

This concert will include pieces choreographed by faculty members Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry and Daniel Stark, as well as Andreas Guest Artists Gabriel Anderson and Penelope Freeh. Interspersed are pieces by current Dance majors Sophia Cecile Pimsler, Brenda Martinson and Michelle Collins (BFA candidate).

Kerr-Berry’s piece is based on the idea of a circle and works to introduce some of the newer dancers to the audience. Stark’s piece, “Folktale,” is based on the extremities of emotion and how to reveal the reasoning behind that emotion. The questioning of progress, its purpose and purported benefits is the intent for Anderson’s piece, “In Lieu of Progress.” Freeh’s piece, “Ancient Elegy,” which opens the concert, will use a ballet dance “vocabulary” to get the audience thinking.

Student pieces were selected based on an adjudication earlier this semester. Dance junior Pimsler has created “Floccus,” which is about a community that empathizes with one another but reveals the individuals’ true identity and feelings. Sophomore Martinson based her piece, “5812,” on the 58th book of the Bible, James, and challenges the audience to look beyond current circumstances to see the hope that tomorrow brings. Collins has created her piece, “Parallel Dream,” around the concept of being manipulated by sources and expresses it in an acrobatic way.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are available online at or, or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts between 4 & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Cost is $10 regular, $9 discounted and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

A Student Dance Showcase concert will be presented at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec 9, in the Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets are $5 and available at the door (cash or check only, please).

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