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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 3/18/04
 
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SHOWCASING STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY -- Danceworks, a Southeastern Louisiana University dance company, will showcase works by student choreographers in a March 25 concert titled “The Willing Suspension.” The works include “Traveling Through My Perception,” a solo choreographed and performed by Kristin Brooke Johnson of Oakdale.

“THE WILLING SUSPENSION” SHOWCASES STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY
      HAMMOND -- Seven dances choreographed by Southeastern Louisiana University students and two short films by faculty members will be showcased in “The Willing Suspension,” a concert by Danceworks, Southeastern’s resident dance company.
      The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 25, at Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall, is part of the music and dramatic arts department’s spring “Encore!” performing arts series and the university’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month.
      The concert opens with “Traveling Through My Perception,” a solo depicting a personal journey, choreographed and performed by Kristin Brooke Johnson of Oakdale.
      Other student works include:
      • “A Revelation of the Cross,” choreographed by Elizabeth Robertson of Nashville, Tenn., and performed by her sisters Cheryl, Deanna, Michelle and Sarah Robertson. Robertson said her piece puts movement to her emotions and beliefs about the Christian symbol of the cross.
      • “The Chaos of Structure,” an exploration of circular motions choreographed and performed by Jarrod Cashe of Hammond.
      • “Enchanted Entanglement,” also choreographed by Cashe. He will be joined by dancers Matthew Hayes of Slidell, Shannon Herbert of Covington, and Stacy Sabathe of Chalmette. Described as “an abstract narrative of nature and fantasy within the natural world,” Cashe’s second piece explores shapes and people within space. 
      • “Forgotten Sacrifices,” choreographed by Tracy D. Oliveri of Baton Rouge and performed by Oliveri and Elizabeth Hughes of Kentwood. Oliveri describes the piece as “a remembrance of all who have given their lives for our freedom.”
      • “A Walking Meditation,” choreographed and performed by Alison Maraman of Zachary. Maraman said she was inspired by the writings of Thich Nhat Han on awareness of movement, breath and life. She said she created the piece using simple warm-up techniques that she learned from her dance professors.
      • “Becoming,” choreographed by Jessica Lee of Kentwood and performed by Lee and Micah Richerand of Folsom. Lee said her dance examines the relationship between past and present, “how what passes seems so near but is quite untouchable.”
      In addition to the students’ dances, the concert will feature the short videos “Out in the Rain” by Southeastern Lab School art teacher Denise Tullier-Holly, and “An Act of Bravery” by dance professor Martie Fellom. 
      Ellen Sovkoplas of Hammond is technical and lighting director for the concert.
      Tickets for “The Willing Suspension” are $5, general admission; $3, senior citizens and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D. For additional information, contact Fellom at 985-549-2133.