Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble

Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble to take the stage

ALTOONA – Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble will perform
December 13 - 14, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.  Tickets are $5 for Penn State Altoona students and $7 for general admission. Children under 12 are free.

Emerging Artist in Dance, Ying Xu, produced two dances for the company. The first, “Twirl des Fans” is a Chinese traditional classical dance which has foundations in Chinese theatre and martial arts. This piece can be likened to Chinese calligraphy. The movements are like strokes of a brush that gracefully flow across parchment, each stroke adds beauty and creates meaning. The second dance, a modern piece, 贪婪 (Greed), combines video projection and dancing to explore the longings of the human condition – money, love, friendship.

Guest artist Jen Park is a long-time collaborator in the Penn State dance program, but has an additional connection now that her daughter Heather (freshman, integrative arts) has joined the company. Park’s new work, “Quand Meme,” is a French expression meaning “after all, anyway, even so, or just as well.”  It is about the thrill of discovering creative partnership, the two to tango, give and take, the joy and hardships, the fun and craziness.  Look for the peppering of tango-inspired partnering movement throughout.

Caitlin Osborne, instructor in dance and integrative arts, continues her mathematical journey with a new piece titled “Formula Four.” For this work, two quartets of dancers use the same framework to create radically different movement. The final product shows each quartet’s interpretation of the “formula” as well as the integration of all eight dancers into a single dance.

KT Huckabee, assistant professor of dance and integrative arts, brings back an old favorite, “Ragged.” Is this a typical story of “boy meets girl”? Yes and no. As company members Chelsea Raspatello (senior, psychology) and Anthony Mongelluzo (senior, integrative arts) dance a couple’s courtship, the rest of company provides a moving landscape for a new twist on an old theme.

The box office and galleries are open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Thursday and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona web site at .

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:30pm
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:30pm