Cal State Fullerton's Spring Dance Theatre Closes Season With Stories Of Love, Strength, And Curiosity

Cal State Fullerton's Spring Dance Theatre Closes Season With Stories Of Love, Strength, And Curiosity"Spring Dance Theatre" is an adventure in story-telling coordinated by Gladys Kares, running May 3-13, 2018 in the Little Theatre. "Spring Dance Theatre" combines student, faculty and guest artist choreography in a mix of jazz, ballet, and modern dance.

The evening begins with "Tumultus," a contemporary piece inspired by the mysterious alien life forms yet unknown to the human race. Choreographed by Emily Ploense and Chandler Davids, the piece is an abstract take on an alien outbreak in human society and the chaos that ensues. Alexander Caballero's piece "Shrinking World" explores the idea that the world is 'shrinking' due to the ever-increasing connectedness of the human race. "Like Bread," featuring choreography by Taylor-Anne Murray, is inspired by Murray's own grandparents and tells the story of a love that withstands the test of time. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Lisa D. Long choreographs a modern piece entitled "For Those Who Cannot Speak," which honors the woman whose elbow was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, along with other pictured survivors of harassment and abuse. In remaining anonymous, she represents the many women-seen and unseen-who helped launch the movement. "...Speak" explores her journey from frustration and anger towards advocacy, demonstrating an undeniable resiliency.

"The Night," choreographed by Jessica Kondrath, is a modern piece choreographed to Pripyat by Hauschka. A'Kaila Willis choreographs "Eden" to music by contemporary classical composer Arvo Pärt. Joshua D. Estrada-Romero's modern contemporary piece entitled "Fragmented" is inspired by the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, an act signifying nothing is ever truly broken forever which embraces and celebrates imperfection and flaws. Finally, in his piece entitled "Pas de huit, or What a Racquet," Dale A. Merrill explores traditional ballet movement integrated with contemporary dance in a piece inspired by quirky, everyday scenarios.

Scenic design is coordinated by Ann Sheffield, lighting design is by Tiffany Williams, costume design is coordinated by Katie Wilson, and sound design is by Danthi Tran.

"Spring Dance Theatre" plays at 8 pm on May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, and at 2 pm on May 6, 13. General admission tickets are $14 or $12 with advance Titan Discount purchase for students, seniors or with a CSUF ID. All tickets are $14 at the door. Tickets are available by calling (657) 278-3371, 11 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and online.

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