ASU’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents ‘Iconic Voices’ Dance Concert
Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts presents its BFA Dance Program Spring Concert “Iconic Voices” at 7 p.m. March 12-14 at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.
The event features choreography by faculty members James Atkinson, Lindsay Benton, Jerome Stigler, and special guest choreographers Jeremy McQueen and Martial Roumain.
The concert will explore some of the most iconic and prolific voices in Arts & Letters, including , but not limited to, pioneers in dance, music, visual arts, theatre and literature. Choreographic work by Eleo Pomare will be presented posthumously as a tribute to one of the iconic voices in dance. The BFA students have engaged in dialogue, research and choreographic processes that embrace movement inspired and influenced by the Arts & Letters that helped shape the cultures of our world.
“So many times, especially in contemporary society, we take for granted that what we do is limited to our experience,” said assistant professor of Dance Lindsay Benton. “But we want to expose the students to a broader way of thinking about dance – not as a closed, individualistic process, but as a truly collaborative and multi-influenced sharing of gifts.”
Benton, who has been with the program for three years, has professional experience that lends itself to this worldview consideration of dance.
“I am so grateful for the professional experience I had and continue to enjoy. It helps me pour more into the students here at ASU,” said Benton.
Guest choreographers are an integral part of BFA majors’ training process as they earn their degrees.
“I really enjoy working with the guests who come to campus. Their engagement with us is challenging and rewarding,” said graduating senior Ke’Yana Robinson. “During the four years I’ve been at ASU, I’ve been trained by not only our amazing faculty, but also by at least 10 industry professionals. That’s going to be absolutely invaluable as I graduate.”
“Iconic Voices” is a celebration of this type of training and will both entertain and inform audiences of the many cultural, educational, and artistic influences that can be embraced and celebrated through dance.
“We are aware that our students need tools, skills and excellent training in order to be successful when they graduate, and we are committed to imparting to them everything we can while they’re here,” said James Atkinson, BFA program director.
Admission is $6 for students (with proper ID), $12 general public and $10 for groups of 10 or more.
For more information or tickets, call 334-229-6929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.