posted January 15, 2003

InSync Dance Theatre to Perform Jan. 31-Feb. 1

InSync Dance Theatre, Michigan's only professional tap and jazz company, will present its annual concert at Hope College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31, and Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

InSync Dance Theatre is an affiliate of the college's department of dance.

The diverse program will include the premiere of six repertory works. In addition, the company will dance, for the first time, the work of Hope College faculty member Ray Tadio and stage a work created as a collaborative project of the seven company dancers.

The 2003 program includes "Xena," an edgy, power- driven, funk piece set by guest choreographer Ray Tadio to the music of "Kit Clayton." Tadio's work opens with the theme from the "Powerpuff Girls"--it is electric and all about the woman warrior.

Company co-founder Dawn McIlhargey Wigert offers "States of Dysfunction," a moody, dramatic and tragic modern-jazz work exploring the struggles of life. She contrasts the repertory piece with her new work titled "Living!," a joyful sketch set to the music of Karyn Allison.

Guest choreographer and company co-founder Terri Filips, associate professor of theatre at Niagara University, premieres a zany study of the rituals surrounding the indispensable "Remote Control" in which guest artist Peter Bennett, a student at Niagara University, squares off against four women in his attempts to keep remote control dominance.

Company director Rosanne Barton-DeVries presents a newly designed "Sole Play." This now a cappella tap dance, costumed in Hope's orange and blue, engages the audience in a vocal and rhythmic play. Concert-goers are asked to "be the music" and play along in the premiere of the surprise- filled tap dance "Segue." On the serious side, the company is to perform "Fitting Out," a study exploring the dynamics between being "in" and being an individual. Next will be "I Am, We Are," the first company choreographed work to be included in the repertory.

The concert will conclude with dancers and audience members alike joining together to dance the "Shim Sham." The program's organizers note that tap shoes are welcome, but not required.

Tickets for concert will be available at the Knickerbocker Theatre box office one hour before show time. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St.