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Lamar Dance Company shifts ‘Perspectives’

How does individual perspective shape the way we experience our world? Has modern technology influenced the way we perceive events?

danceThe Lamar Dance Company seeks to illuminate these questions when it takes the stage Nov. 16 – 17 for “Perspectives,” the annual fall dance concert at Lamar University. The performance, which starts at 7:30 p.m. each night, will be in the University Theatre.

The evening of dance works from Lamar students features styles ranging from jazz and dance theatre to modern, hip hop and disco.

Technology blends with and enhances the performances on two numbers. The first, choreographed by assistant professor of dance Golden Wright, uses lighting and stage fog to augment the movement of the dancers onstage.

Michelle Ozmun, also assistant professor of dance, choreographed the second piece, which encourages audience members to select their own music to accompany a dance by using their personal smartphone or tablet device and earphones.

 “Each audience member always brings their own background and knowledge about dance to the concert, and their aesthetic enjoyment of what they see is based on viewing the performance through the lens of that individual knowledge,” said Ozmun. “We’re taking this concept one step further by having the audience member experiment with tailoring the performance even further through the use of technology.”

“Perspectives” will also feature guest artist performances by the Rednerrus Feil Dance Company and Lamar student organization M-Pact, which will perform a crowd-pleasing hip-hop number choreographed by students.

Choreographer Amy Llanes founded the Houston-based Rednerrus Feil Dance Company in 2006. The company strives to produce high-quality performance art based on emotive life experiences while exploring how the meaning of movement can reveal the personal nature of one’s own history. A Beaumont native, Llanes’ is an adjunct dance faculty member with Lone Star College and Houston Community College. Her work has been showcased at the American College Dance Festival, and several venues throughout Texas and Louisiana.

 Rednerrus Feil Dance Company will showcase two of their most popular works, “Sister Quartet” (2009) and “Alone.Together.” (2011).

Performances of “Perspectives” will be in the University Theatre, 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway on the Lamar campus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 – 17. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, students and LU faculty/staff; and $7 for LU students. 

Call the Department of Theatre and Dance (409) 880-2250 for reservations and additional information, or visit www.lamar.edu/theatredance.