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Dance Theatre "In Concert"

December 6, 2012
7:30 PM
Location: Performing Arts Center (The Barn)
  • Open to the Public
  • Cost: Yes

The Roger Williams University Dance Theatre will present their fall concert. The evening will include works from guest artists Sean Curran, Helen Simoneau, Kathy Gordon Smith and Jane Leary; and from RWU dance faculty members France Hunter and Gary Shore. Pieces choreographed by dance majors Nicole DeWolfe, Kelsey Heineman and AshleyAnne Brown will also be presented.

RWU dance students have been rehearsing all semester in preparation for the Dance Theatre "In Concert." In addition to working with the RWU faculty and student choreographers, the dance students had the opportunity to work with four guest artists: Sean Curran, Helen Simoneau, Kathy Gordon Smith and Jane Leary. Sean Curran returned to RWU for yet another residency. Members of his NYC-based company, Christina Robson and David Gonsier, worked with the students throughout the week, teaching them the material.

“Here Now” is a piece created in memory of Kelly Wicke Davis, the founder of the Roger Williams University Dance Department and a close friend of Sean Curran’s. Curran has taught extensively at the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, and the Boston Conservatory of Music. The Roger Williams Dance Theatre feels privileged to be performing Curran’s work at another Dance Theatre concert. The RWU Dance Theatre was proud to have Canadian choreographer, Helen Simoneau, visit as a guest artist for the first time. She did a week-long residency, working with the dance students on a piece titled, “Flight Distance II.” This piece was performed by Helen Simoneau’s company at the Joyce Soho May 2012, along with three other works she choreographed. Ms. Simoneau has received extensive praise for her choreography, winning numerous awards in North America and Europe and attending several dance festivals internationally. Kathy Gordon Smith, Faculty Artist and Choreographer at Rhode Island College, will also be showcasing her work at the Fall Dance Theatre concert. Kathy Gordon Smith worked with the RWU dance students over several weeks, teaching them a piece titled, “Hello Only Ends in Goodbye.” Ms. Gordon Smith’s choreography is stylish and athletic. The piece is set to an original composition by the RWU Dance and Performance Studies accompanist, Michael DeQuattro. Jane Leary, alumni of the RWU Dance and Performing Studies Department, returned to reset her piece, “How Sweet the Sound.” Working collaboratively with the dancers, the choreography reflects Ms. Leary’s curiosity and exploration of the definition of “grace.” The sound score is a compilation of the dancer’s voices sharing their thoughts of what grace means to them. Ms. Leary is now pursuing performing and choreographing professionally, living in NYC.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket through the box office at 401-254-3626. For more information please contact Gary Shore, Associate Professor, at 402-254-3623 or