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Hope College is presenting its annual fall student dance concerts on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, at the Dow Center dance studio, and on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 4, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
All of the works being presented have been created and danced by Hope College students, who also design and create their own costumes and sound/music scores. The students are mentored by the concert co-producers, dance faculty members Steven Iannacone and Matthew Farmer, and are assisted with lighting and technical design by staff member Erik Alberg, who is the college's technical director for the performing arts, and the students of the Production I class.
The students who submit work to be adjudicated by the judging panel range from dance majors and minors, to students in dance composition classes, to students who have danced through their entire high school career but are pursuing a different major. As a result, the concerts highlight what students are learning and experimenting with at Hope in the field of dance and showcase a variety of dance forms.
The program for each of the concert venues will be different, with the pieces matched to the setting that best suits them. Works selected for the Dow “white box” space will have the benefit of a more open, intimate and personal environment with a white floor and backdrop, while the pieces for the Knickerbocker will have the benefit of a traditional “black box” theater with additional technical capacities.