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Choreographer Jarrod Cashe, back, and dancers
Thurman Fields (middle) and Jessica Lee will perform in “Travelers of the
Styx” during “Changes,” a one-hour concert presented by Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Danceworks April 14 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
SOUTHEASTERN DANCEWORKS PRESENTS
“CHANGES” APRIL 14
HAMMOND – Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Danceworks will present “Changes” April 14 at 7
p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
The one-hour concert, directed
by dance professor Martie Fellom, will feature dance sequences choreographed
by Jarrod Cashe of Hammond, Alison Maraman of Houston, Misty Schoen Nebeker
of Mandeville, Elizabeth Robertson of Nashville, Tenn., and Melissa Rodgers
Snoddy of Prairieville.
“’Changes’ reflects original
choreography that addresses individual transformation,” said Fellom. “However,
because there are five choreographers, there will be five different interpretations
of ‘individual transformation.’”
The subjects of the program
will range from death, love, revival, social interaction and contentment.
Starting out the evening will be “Travelers of the Styx” by Cashe,
who describes his piece as “an exploration of death in its before and after
effects and an exploration of the afterlife.” Cashe is a liberal arts senior
and has been dancing at Southeastern since 2001. He has performed with
the Hammond Ballet, Leggworks, Danceworks, and Izzy Moving Dance Company
and has choreographed for Leggworks and Danceworks. He has also been in
several shows off-campus, mostly with the local dance company B.C. Fields.
Cashe worked with star chorographer Scott Grossman on the motion picture
“Just My Luck” and as a dancer in the Tapestry of Dreams parade at Epcot
in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Dancers for “Travelers
of the Styx” are Jessica Lee of Kentwood, Matthew Hayes of Baton Rouge,
Rory Kruithoff of Michigan and Thurman Fields of Deridder.
Maraman, a 2003 graduate,
will be the sole dancer in her piece, “Parasol.” With music by Nicolo Paganini,
Maraman’s piece was inspired by the paintings of Renoir.
“Being somewhere, feeling
romantic seeing someone, and the changes in one’s thoughts the next day
are the focus of ‘Parasol,’” said Maraman.
A Zachary native, Maraman
currently resides in Houston where she pursues her dancing. She studied
recently at The Yard on Cape Cod, and this summer will choreograph “The
Music Man” for Southeastern’s Opera-Music Theatre program.
Nebeker joins the concert
with her untitled piece featuring the live music of Luv Butter. According
to Nebeker, her piece is about “finding contentment as life takes you through
the ups, downs and in-between.”
Dancers are Kristen Schoen
and Amanda Young of Abita Springs, Nebeker, and Kristin Brooke Johnson
Nebeker recently returned
to Mandeville after a six-year residency in New York, where she trained
at New York University, taught at dance schools, performed with independent
choreographers and companies, as well as working for Nickelodeon/MTV Networks.
Nebeker currently teaches at Northshore Academy of Dance in Covington,
serves as artist in residence for Cypress Cove Elementary School in Slidell,
and is the founder and instructor of Music & Motion, which introduces
music and movement to children ages one to three years.
Robertson will present
“Dream,” a dance in three parts, “Awaken,” “Struggle,” and “Conquer and
Live.” Driven by dancers from the Harvest World Outreach Ministries worship
team, dance team and varsity youth group, the piece is explained by Robertson
as “investigating the process of accomplishing one’s dream, from the birth
of the dream to the struggle to keep the dream alive, to conquering and
living the dream.”
Dancers are Robertson,
Sarah Robertson, Cheryl Robertson, Michelle Robertson, Melissa Robertson
and Deanna Robertson of Nashville, Tenn., and Lavreana Robertson of Hammond.
Elizabeth Robertson is
a recent Southeastern graduate and is currently working on her master’s
in communication. She leads the dance ministry at Harvest World Outreach
Ministries and lives in Hammond.
Snoddy’s choreography will
take the stage with “The Reoccurring Dream,” which Snoddy, a graduating
senior at Southeastern, describes as using simplistic props, movement and
comedy to portray the most necessary need of humans, social interaction.
Dancers are Matthew Arthur,
Cheyenne M. Cain, Rachel Guidry and Matthew White of Hammond, and Jennifer
L. Leblanc of Gonzales. Music is by Jon Brion.
Tickets for “Changes” are
$5 general admission, and $3 for non-Southeastern students and senior citizens.
Admission is free for Southeastern students. For additional information,
contact Fellom at 985-549-2133.