RIC Dance Company members to present original pieces at Student Choreography Showcase May 5, 6

The Student Choreography Showcase will be held on May 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Forman Theatre.

In this annual event, RIC Dance students present their original works, which are the culmination of coursework and independent projects completed throughout the academic year.

Alex Liszewski (Photo: Nikki Carrara)
Alex Liszewski, a senior dance major, will present an original flamenco-inspired contemporary piece featuring members of the RIC dance company.

The piece will begin as an ode to traditional flamenco dancing and morph into her own interpretation of contemporary flamenco, said Liszewski. “I’m fascinated by the strength and beauty of flamenco dancers, females in particular,” she added.

Senior dance major Courtney Asselin will present a piece featuring senior female members of the company. The piece has a theme centered on graduation.

Asselin interviewed the dancers in her piece about their fears, hopes and dreams about graduating, and will use their responses as inspiration for the movement of the piece, said Liszewski, who will appear in the piece.

Senior dance major Jamie Arnold will present an original duet, featuring James Burgis ’13, and Lauren Huggon ’11.

The duet is a modern piece incorporating several elements including contact improvisation, a dance technique where physical contact provides the starting point for exploration for the rest of the movement, said Arnold.

A portion of Arnold’s work was inspired by a quote, expressing the idea that things happen in life that you cannot change. Other parts of the piece are inspired by the concept of first impressions, and how the dancers react to these real-life situations.

Arnold’s inspiration came from Doug Varone of the Doug Varone Dance Company, a New York City-based ensemble known for its exciting dances that strive to make connections to the complexity of the human spirit.

RIC graduate student and former RIC Dance Company member Alicia Colantonio ‘10 is designing the lighting for the showcase. Colantonio is studying for her masters in dance performance and lighting design at RIC.

“It’s a great forum for young aspiring choreographers to showcase their first attempt in choreography,” said Angelica Vessella, RIC director of dance.

General admission is $10 with discounts for groups, senior citizens and students. Call (401) 456-8144 for more information.