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Performance Schedule 2014-2015

The Drexel Dance Ensemble is a professional caliber dance company presenting two fully-produced concerts in the Mandell Theater each year, performing for more than 1000 people each season. Students participating in the 50-member ensemble are given the opportunity to explore their artistry through working with professional choreographers, both faculty and guests artists, as well as a selection of student choreographers. The diversity of choreographic talent promises a show with dimension and unique perspectives on contemporary and classical dance forms. Entrance into this company is open to any dancers beyond their freshman year by audition twice yearly. The dance program also sponsors FreshDance, the freshman year dance company, consisting of 25 members. The program experience is similar but exclusive to the newest generation of Drexel students.

One of the more notable components of the Drexel Dance Ensemble is the student choreography. Each year 14 students are selected to create original works on their peers, and experience the process of working with a staff of theater professionals, including a lighting designer, and four costume designers creating original costumes for each piece. At the end of the year, four exceptional student choreographers are invited to reconstruct their works on the FreshDance Ensemble the following year, allowing their dances to have an extended life in our repertory.

Participation in the dance ensembles allows for the students of Drexel to connect to the artistic community, indulge in the creative process, and perhaps, expand their cultural scope. Recently, Drexel dancers represented the university, and our country, at the 45th Annual Singapore Youth Festival at the National University of Singapore. Invited by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the 12 dancers selected from both ensemble companies performed Sea of Glass, choreographed by dance faculty member Olive Prince, on July 20, 2011.

Click here to watch a video of this international experience.


FALL 2014

Dance Lecture Demonstration: Delicious Movement as a Way of Knowing: Eiko Otake

October 16 | 7:00 pm

Tickets: danceboxoffice.com

Free and open to the public
Mandell Theater

NYC-based artist Eiko Otake, of Eiko & Koma, will speak and present video on Delicious Movement, a way of learning and knowing which employs images, body articulation, floor work, and transformation to increase skills and awareness in the areas of focus, coordination and stance. Imagery is used as a creative stimulus.


WINTER 2015

Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Heroes and Icons

January 22, 23, 24 | 8:00 pm

Tickets: danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students
Mandell Theater

Everyday heroes, pop culture icons, change makers of mythic proportion—these are the inspiration behind the dance pieces in this concert. Seven selected student works will be performed in addition to premiers by dance faculty Dr. Miriam Giguere and Jennifer Morley alongside guest artist Eun-Jung Choi.

FreshDance Winter Concert: New Chapter

January 30 & 31 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students
Mandell Theater

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers including Marcie Mamura, KC Chun-Manning, and Leah Stein.


SPRING 2015

Performance Charrette

April 12 | 6:00 PM

Free and open to the public
Mandell Theater

Students from dance, digital media, theatre, fashion, and engineering team up for an intensive weekend of creative process resulting in an informal performance of new work which synthesizes the strengths of each discipline.

 

FreshDance Spring Concert

May 21 & 22 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students
Mandell Theater

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student, guest and faculty choreographers including Tania Isaac, Olive Prince and Jenn Rose.

 

Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

May 29, 30,31 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students
Mandell Theater

New works by ten choreographers combine to make an evening of dance and excitement. Selected student works will be performed in addition to premiers by Drexel dance faculty Meredith Rainey, Valerie Ifill, and Ellen Forman Memorial Award Winner Beau Hancock.